Category: Concert Band

Post – semester plan

Through this month of practicing different pieces of music and practice music to improve the speed of my fingers. I felt like I can feel a huge improvement not only on the song that I am being assessed on but also my typing speed as well. I practiced every day and out of the 20 mins of my normal practice I took out 10 mins to practice to various pieces of music each day. I started from mainly scales and the practice book music7, and as time passed I was able to do the simple scales very well, I added more of the AMIS practice music. I also added in the music piece to get the fingering down before speeding up. I practiced each scale increased the speed by placing a metronome next to me when practicing. I would play at a slow speed, and when I am able to play at that speed without playing anything wrong 5 times in a row I would change the speed and play it faster.  Slowly I was able to play the song faster and faster.

Semester Plan

I chose to practice finger dexterity. From the previous piece we played arabesque, as well as songs we are playing today, such as minimalist dance, requires fast finger movement. I chose varies of materials such as pieces from a practice book and scales to improve this skill. From the materials I have chosen, it will help improve my finger dexterity for a wide range as well, for all kinds of octaves, which will help me with future piece.  I chose the music piece “野蜂飞舞”, a really famous song describing butteries fluttering around in the wild. I will incorporate all these pieces above into my daily practice routine. I believe that with these practices, I will be able to improve the stiffness of my finger when it comes to unfamiliar pieces, since my finger will be used to the fast movement and flow of notes.

New year new me?

For the first three weeks of school, I felt the songs we played to be a lot more relaxing and pretty easy to learn. I continued to bring my pencil case, music folder and of course my instrument. So when I practiced at home, I didn’t have to spend too much time on music we played in class, so I was able to put more attention to the dynamics, tone and sound quality of the song instead of the note and rhythm reading, as well as practicing more on my practicing book to improve my basic skills.  I goal for this year is to continue practicing every day and aim to improve my note reading, fingering, and rhythm this year. Furthermore, I am planning to challenge myself this year in band, by joining a performance a hospital performance a service class organized(my friend told me about it last year). This should improve my confidence as I have to play a solo.  Additionally, I will challenge myself this year by playing the first part instead of the second part in some pieces like last year. I was also hopping if we could play some anime themed song in band.

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