QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Nov 25 2011, 02:01 PM)
Hi Rose, well I had a good listen. Your pieces are basically sound if you elimitate these small slips, but I didnt feel there was enough dynamic contrast, though this may be partly due the recording. Try to make sure f is loud, and p quiet, and look out for any note which could be slightly accented to achieve a more dynamic effect (also be aware of staccato/legato contrasts and phrase marks)
Scales/Arps will need to be quite a bit quicker. But youre getting there !
Thanks. As ever once I started to make mistakes everything went a bit out of the window while I concentrated on not making more mistakes. I would possibly have been better off with more mistakes but not so "dead" but there you go. This is not the world's best video camera, though, it could have been better than it sounds, who knows.
If I have scales which are OK and scales which are really dodgy (and still have that problem come the exam) am I better presenting each scale as fast as I can, which may emphasise the ones I have trouble with, or doing them all a bit slower so they sound the same? I'm very guilty of starting before thinking, I know what to do but my hands start before my brain and then I realise I have no idea what I am playing! Do this in the pieces too, realise I've been playing from memory for several bars, am lost and have no idea what comes next. This is probably why there is such a gap between what I can produce on a piano and how much I can "play the piano". Improvisation or playing from figured bass you just have to keep producing relevant chords of some kind, it doesn't matter if you have forgotten the actual notes!