Mozart Oboe Concerto
(2 oboes, 2 horns, and full strings)
Beethoven Symphony #8
(2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, tympani and full strings)
- I don't remember what type of bowing this was for the orchestra piece, but there are a few fast notes in the piece that I'll be playing in the orchestra.
- I'm a bit skeptical about playing in the orchestra since I think I'm still over my head, but I figured it would be good practice to work on the pieces.
Position Pieces: The Elephant's Waltz
- I was having issues finding the notes on this one and I was practicing some incorrect fingerings which made it much harder to count out the rhythm and correct my bad fingerings at the same time.
New Scale EMaj
- 4 sharps: F#, C#, G#, D#
- Start in half position
- Notes: E, G#, B
- Wow, I was totally not grounded on this scale and couldn't find any notes! This is going to take some work.
Chorus from "Judas Maccabaeus"
- Work on phrasing
- I was working on counting out rhythms and trying to be precise in my counting so I was stopping my notes fairly quickly and not using dynamics.
- I totally missed all of the dynamic markings because I was trying to pay attention to my fingerings and rhythm. I've been trying to count the rhythm in my head instead of feeling it, but unfortunately, when I start to count I can't work on dynamics. I can only work on dynamics when I "feel" the rhythm and don't count. It's weird...hopefully I get better at doing the two at the same time.
- Measure #5:
- For a "quick fix" regarding the dynamic changes for the two G notes in this measure: use less bow on the first G, and more bow on the second G to increase the volume
Since one of my goals this year is to improve my sight-reading, I asked Clayton that I no matter what I say (or how much I complain), that he make me count out the rhythms. Hopefully I don't complain too much...
I don't know what it is, but it's kind of embarrassing counting out rhythms!