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Violin
I played a total time of eight hours and 30 minutes on my violin. In my practice time I was able to practice La Boheme orchestra Act Four and get it ready for orchestra practice. I did this by focusing in on the challenging rhythm and speed sections. One section that was extremely hard for me was the runs going up or down. This was because there are many key signatures. A huge important counting thing I learned was to imagine a little movie screen dial going around the circle counting up while waiting for long rests. Besides opera music, I also prepared for my upcoming violin book four graduation recital. The pieces that I focused on this week were Concerto in A Minor 1st and 3rd movement by A. Vivaldi. The 1st movement, in my opinion, is bold, forward, and in a way, trying to make a statement. For this piece, I try to give off a ringing feeling by using lots of vibrato. Since this was the piece I played for both the Ridgecrest and Regionals Exchange Club, this piece is finalized and I only practiced it to refresh my memory. The 3rd movement is more playful and bouncy even though the notes are very similar to the 1st movement. This piece is currently in the process of being memorized. My main trouble spot is on page two where the music turns into sixteenth notes, slurs, shifts, and many string crossings for 16 measures. Instead of trying to memorize this part, I slowed the speed down to get intonation and bowings. I then sped up the tempo untill I reached the fasted I could play with no mistakes. I also played the three octave Bb (B flat) minor scale and arpeggios. During my violin lessons, I practiced my pieces with a piano accompaniment at the High Desert Haven. During my private lesson, we worked on La Boheme orchestra Act One pages 1-9, and all pieces in book four except the Bach Double. I even learned how to play a fourth position scale.
Piano
A total of three hours was put into my piano practice and lesson. I worked on all my two hand, two octaves, no pedal then pedal, major arpeggios and my current piano piece, Sonatina in C Major by Friedrich Kuhlau. This Kuhlau piece is very similar to the others I have played; upbeat, bouncy, and filled with little scales. It is fun to play even though it isn’t memorized. During my 30 minute lesson, I showed my teacher all the arpeggios and the Sonatina. We drilled an articulation spot so I have the staccatos in that section down. He then assigned me to find a piece online called Fantasy in D Minor by Mozart because I am almost done with all the pieces out of the book.


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