Success Log 8

Day: Monday,
Date: November 28
Start time: afternoon 
Start attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Focus: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Stamina: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Technique: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End time: 21:30

Today’s Big Goal

To try and play ON the beat. It’s still not 100%, but I think it is improving

Here is my end of day recording

shoresLB Parts A and B Nov 28 2011

Today’s practice notes

I started the warm up with just the first bar and then continued on with the remainder of the tune. All the time trying to stay ON the beat. Not easy, but I think I did managed to do that on a few occasions.

What worked well

Nothing that stands out here.

What did not work well

Staying on the beat for every beat .

Tomorrow’s goal

Keep slowing down enough to stay on the beat, record it and see how I’ve progressed.




Success Log 7

Day: Saturday,
Date: November 19
Start time: 09:00
Start attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Focus: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Stamina: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Technique: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End time: 16:00

Today’s Big Goal

To perfect the modified arrangement of Shores of Loch Bea.  A big thank you to Reed and Jori for the new arrangement of this tune. It is very beautiful and I want to do it justice.

Here is my first run through part A:

Part A Shores of Loch Bea v1

Today’s practice notes

 

What worked well

 

What did not work we

 

Tomorrow’s goal




Success Log 6 Taorluath and D grace note drill

Day: Monday,
Date: November 7
Start time: 09:00
Start attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Focus: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Stamina: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Technique: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End time: 16:00

Today’s Big Goal

Based on feedback provided, I am drilling my timing and execution of the taorluath. Here is the first trial run. It is evident that I am not at all on the beat but rushing ahead of it. I will try to hit the relevant notes just slightly AFTER I hear the metronome pulse. It is a challenge!

Here is the recording of my first trial run of this. The idea is to hold the low A until I hear the second pulse and at that point I should hit the low G and complete the taorluath. This is an exercise only, because normally I would hit the E gracenote on the second pulse, if I have understood instructions correctly.

taorluath drill first trial

I am also drilling on the D gracenote. I have been instructed to lift my D finger when I hear the metronome pulse and then finalize the D gracenote. Here is my third attempt so far:

D gracenote drill

and my fourth attempt at a higher tempo of 80 bpm.

D gracenote drill 4th attempt at 80 bpm

Today’s practice notes

The D gracenote drill seems to me to be hitting the mark with greater accuracy now.

What worked well

Taking the advice about lifting my D finger on the beat of the metronome before executing the movement, rather than executing the movement on the beat. It’s a bit like waiting for the beat to sound before executing the movement, but this becomes easier if I do it by lifting the finger on the beat.

What did not work we

I still need to go back to that pesky taorluath and drill that.

Tomorrow’s goal

Continue practising the D grace note using the same method as today ,  and re-focus on practising that taorluath again as instructed above.


Success Log 5

Day: Saturday,
Date: November 5
Start time: 09:00
Start attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Focus: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Stamina: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Technique: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End time:

Today’s Big Goal

To improve my execution of the Grip and the E doubling coming from the high A.

Today’s practice notes

As long as I stay physically relaxed and focussed, I seem to be not too bad. The Grip still does not feel natural though and the E doubling from high A is not always working out smoothly.  I miss that execution far too often.

What worked well

Concentration.

What did not work well

Grips and E doublings

Tomorrow’s goal

Grips and E doublings as well as keep working on the taorluaths.

The status of my play so far is recorded here:  Shores of Loch Bea from 4th line to the end of the tune.


Success Log 4

Day: Thursday,
Date: November 3
Start time: 09:00
Start attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Focus: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Stamina: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Technique: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End time: 16:00

Today’s Big Goal

To continue on refining the whole tune.  Below is the whole tune as I played it at the beginning of this session:

ShoresLochBea entire tune Nov 3rd 2011 and here is the sheet music that I am using. Shores of Loch Bea arranged by Fraser Martin of the NQ Scots

Today’s practice notes

Concentration can take flight at any time so I have to be mindful of that.

I am also wondering if I have those note timings correct yet and if not, where I might run away in my own time.

My biggest problem so far has been ( apart from controlling my speed and improving the execution of the taorluaths, and grips as well) note time. I haven’t got that down pat yet but it is crucial that I do.

What worked well

The taorluaths are coming together better, I think, but not yet consistently.

What did not work well

My concentration!

Tomorrow’s goal

Keep practicing this tune.


Success Log 3

Day: Wednesday
Date: November 2
Start time: 09:00
Start attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Focus: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Stamina: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Technique: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End time: 20:30

Today’s Big Goal

To continue improving the execution of bar 1 as shown below

Here is my Bar1LochBea Day 2 November 2nd 2011 recording before
my practice sessions which I will be carrying out throughout the
day in short 3 minute spurts.

Today’s practice notes
Alright! Focussing on my sticking points, the taorluaths, by going very slow and reminding myself to keep my fingers relaxed has worked.
What worked well
Execution of the taorluath’s is something I am finally getting much better at. They are slower and thus sound much more clear then before. I consider them at this stage to be at 7/10.

What did not work well
Nothing of note here.

Tomorrow’s goal
Keep working on the whole tune now since I am no longer getting stuck on those pesky taorluaths. I still want to keep the tempo quite slow at around 70 bpm.

Today’s end of practice recording
Bar1LochBea Day 2 November 2nd 2011 End

Success Log 2

Day: Tuesday,
Date: November 1
Start time: 09:00
Start attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Focus: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Stamina: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Technique: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End attitude: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End time: 20:30

Today’s Big Goal

To work on my competition tune, bar by bar. Bar 1 is today’s goal. I am at home
today so I am practicing a few minutes throughout the day.
Here is bar 1 (including my tutor’s feet 😉 )

Today’s practice notes
Bar 1 is improving: the toarluath is still a bit too fast but it is definitely
improving. I am taking it very slow to make sure I hit all the notes on the beat
and am counting the pulses between the beats. It seems to work.

What worked well
Slowing down to maintain control. I am also now playing the bar from memory
rather than reading the notes. I think this will help me with getting in
touch and personal, so to speak 🙂 , with the tune.

What did not work well
The E doublings. Do I actually really have to sound the high G
before hitting the E note? Stupid question I am sure, but I have never actually done it.
I think I am simply executing the E and then going straight to the F and back to E.
To do it correctly will be a challenge. It is not easy
to sound a small high G before completing the E doubling. Another challenge.

Tomorrow’s goal
To continue with bar 1 and start on bar 2.
Today’s recording

Bar1LochBea MP3