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#ProgressLog| Summary/Update: April

Hey everyone,

April had been pretty intense. I managed to get a ton of things down due to the remaining days of my semester holidays. In this post I like to share with you what I achieved, what I planned on doing and what I have in mind for May 2017.

Let’s start with a summary of April for the individual instruments.

 

SUMMARY

Guitar

A. REPERTOIRE

  1. Ode to Joy (L.v.Beethoven): Own arrangement
  2. Mary Had a Little Lamb: Own arrangement in Am
  3. Twinkle, Twinkle little Star: Own arrangement
  4. Irá al jardin inglés (Lukas Wedrychowski): Original piece

B. Theory

  1. Music History: Temper,
  2. Background knowledge: how sound waves work
  3. Scales: C, A, Am, E, Em
  4. Chords: Open chords (C, D, E, G, A, Dm, Em, Am)
  5. Key signatures: C, G, D, A

C. Technique

  1. Sor Etudes
  2. Scale Picking: C, A, Am, E, Em
  3. Chord Practice: C, D, E, G, A, Dm, Em, Am (+ 1st inversion)
  4. Rhythm Practice: T+2-3-2-3-1-2-3-2 | T+2-3-2-3-1-2-3-2
  5. Technique: Vibrato

 

Explanation

As you can see, I’ve managed to get quite a lot done this month. I was able to get my first arrangements going after having learnt the basic skills of orchestration. This is so much fun to do! I really love it and I am definitely going to embed this into my own songs as well, to make them richer and to see what I can explore within the frames of what I want to tell with them. I’ve also managed to finish my new piece which I’ll record soon (once the settings are done). It is part of a huge project that I have set for myself 😉  New updates soon!

In terms of theory, I was focusing on rather historical background knowledge, such as, how does sound travel and how comes the measure Hertz was set at a=440hz. Besides that I’ve been practicing my chords, which chord tones they include and what progressions they belong to etc.

From a technical point of view I’ve mainly been practicing the chords that I needed for my own arrangements of the songs. Most of them were open chords but with some inversions in them. It would technically still be called open chord because I didn’t need to barre anything, but ye… 🙂

Anyway, here comes a short overview of what I’ve planned on doing. I cannot say yet, how my schedule will exactly look like but there are some pointers that might give you a hint on what is supposed to be included.

Generally, this month will be a busy one, since I need to finish my huge project (again, soon more information about it), meaning that I have to finish my three new songs in progress while transcribing my others (in fact it’s just: Will of the unknown; Still in my heart). Once this is done I will announce what I’m planning to do and how it turns out :^)

 

Piano

A. REPERTOIRE

  1. Greensleeves: own arrangement
  2. Etudes: (various) – mainly dedicated to finger strength and dexterity
  3. City of Stars (La-La-Land): piano accompaniment
  4. Ode to Joy: own arrangement

B. THEORY

  1. Chord extensions: (some Jazz chord as well as chord progressions)
  2. Artist study: J.S. Bach and L.v. Beethoven
  3. Scales: C, D, E, G
  4. Reviews: Comparing various methods (reviews coming soon)

C. TECHNIQUE

  1. Etudes: Dexterity and finger strength
  2. Scales: C, D, E, G (both major and minor)
  3. Chord Practice: C, D, E, F, G, A, B (major + minor)
  4. Rhythm Practice: Odd rhythms (11/16; 7/16) etc.
  5. Technique: Damping (I’ve got a new pedal to test out this function; I’ve never had one like that before on my digital piano)

 

Explanation

As you can see, on the piano, I’ve also been experimenting with own arrangements, although it doesn’t yet feel as natural and intuitive as on the guitar. Anyway, the remaining stuff was mainly focused on experimenting with chords, with rhythms as well as my new pedal which is meant to damp the sound a bit. I’ve never been using one until now and I want to give it a try. I read that this one isn’t necessary so I just wanted to test it and eventually send it back if I don’t see any use in it.

May will also be quite busy since I have to finish my project (mentioned above in the guitar summary). For this I have to finish my two new pieces on the piano to finally be able to make that huge step…. Can’t tell you how excited I am…. 🙂

So for this month, my focus will mainly be on these two pieces and all that comes along with it. As I said, with the summary of May you’ll get everything you need to know but for now just stay tuned.

 

Violin

A. REPERTOIRE

  1. Ode to Joy
  2. Twinkle, Twinkle little Star
  3. Greensleeves: (at the beginning of it)

B. THEORY

  1. Hold and Posture
  2. Finger Placement 1st Position
  3. Bow sounding points

C. TECHNIQUE

  1. Etudes (bow strokes and first finger placements)
  2. Scales: C, G, D
  3. Rhythms: 4/4 (1-2-3-4; 1-2-3-4+; 1-2-3+4+; 1-2+3+4+; 1+2+3+4+; 1+2+3+4; 1+2+3-4; 1+2-3-4; 1-2+3+4)
  4. Technique: Détaché

Explanation

On the violin I’ve been slowly but surely moving towards pieces that cover the full range of the first position. I mainly focused on proper technique, getting a feeling for the new bow and the new violin (without any markers and tapes). That’s pretty difficult which is why I keep on returning to my other violin with the markers still on. Anyway, this month will also be focusing on repeating what I did during April to get a better control over my bow.