QUOTE(sbhoa @ Sep 8 2011, 02:24 PM)
QUOTE(pushpull @ Sep 8 2011, 03:07 PM)
QUOTE(lilly763 @ Sep 8 2011, 02:05 PM)
Is it normal to spend a lot of time practicing with a piano-backing track? I've never had more than 1 hour to practice with a pianist before any performance opportunity, and sometimes even less than that.
Me too. My oboe teacher picks out bits of the piano accompaniment now and then (on the oboe) to assist in getting the flavour of the piece and sorting any tricky corners. Up to now I've only had a couple of sessions with my accompanist prior to exams.
It does seem a shame the CD didn't have a piano backing track though.
I'm having my first real experience of learning a piece without the accompaniment. My teacher is a good pianist but I'm now in the territory where some of the accomps are beyond her. It's a different skill to learn which those who have teachers who are not pianists probably learn sooner. I do refer to the piano score quite a lot and mark my score with useful cues and places where it's going to be essential to have eye contact with the pianist but it's not quite the same as hearing it. I don't always have the accompaniment in when my teacher can play it but I'm finding it quite different with pieces she can't.
Luckily my piano teacher is willing to play accompaniments but we don't have many sessions on that.
I don't think I'd want to work extensively with a recorded accompaniment though it can be a useful tool.
Thank you all for the replies!
In the past, I've had only two half an hour practice sessions with my exam accompanist (as I mentioned, she costs me a small fortune. She is actually worth it; she can play any accompaniment from sight; have never had a problem when it comes to that. She is amazing. And she has another professional flutist she accompanies, so she already knows many pieces already anyhow). Before that, I always practiced extensly with CD PLUS score (meaning flute AND piano part). I find, it helps a lot, because I can get accustomed to anything the piano does beforehand. If I get sidetracked, if I stumble during a piece, I can find my way with this kind of practice always back in only a couple of notes later. When I finally have my real practice, there is only very little to work on for both of us. Mainly the interpretation of the piece, some phrases which we would emphasize differently. Such things.
It is really annoying to pick pieces from the given exam list, because they seem appealing, only to learn that they are not on the CD. Not with flute, not without. With grade 6, I really got dealt a bad hand. I will perform the Koehler study for my solo, which isn't on the cd either. At least, I perfectly know how that thing should sound. As is with the grade 5 Koehler study the same. Not on cd. Luckily, there is no accompaniment needed.
Had I known / realized that beforehand, I would have gotten the Haendel accompaniment for the complete HWV 363b, not just the small part that is on the ABRSM cd. Wouldn't have cost me more than that, and I certainly would have had more from it. Well, one learns from experience. For Grade 7 I will be much more careful. I have not had a peek yet if the tracks I need are on the cd. But somehow, I doubt it. Nothing from the first 3 pieces there either.