Category Archives: Repertoire

Repertoire Practice Methods

Level Best

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We want to help you practice better. Our newsfeed will keep you up to date with regular advice. Free personal help is available in our practice clinic and new news and offers can be found in our newsletter. Having a good range of dynamics can make your performances much more interesting for the listener. There's nothing duller than listening to music ...

A Change of Emphasis

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It's often difficult to find new ways of playing a piece, especially if it's a very well known piece of music. Consider this well known piece of Piano music by Mozart: This has been played milllions of times by pianists all over the world. How then do you take this, or any other piece of music, and ...

Artistic Learning

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Once you have learned the notes to a piece it's time to make music and to express your own musicality. Consider the 3 drawings below:   Each of these is a note. How do you think each note will sound? Here is another shape:   What do you think this music might sound like? This shape has yet more differences. Try to ...

Storyteller

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You can use the fact that everyone likes a good story to help shape the music you are playing. The first thing you need to do is to write down what the music reminds you of. Is it a scampering insect, a floating leaf, a noisy train station or a barking dog? There is no right ...

Musical Map

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Does your teacher tell you to be more 'musical', more 'expressive' or play with more 'feeling'? I bet you're left wondering how to do that. By using the Musical Map method you can give your piece more direction and make it sound more musical and expressive. The Musical Map method requires that you mark every single note ...

Begin Backwards

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If you follow this method the end of your pieces will be as good as the start. First you need to decide how many bars you can learn in one practice session. Once you have chosen you need to start your practice that many bars from the end of your piece. If you think you can learn ...

Divide and Conquer

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Try this method to crack those tricky sections. Look through your piece and mark the tricky passages with a pencil. Next break these passages down into smaller sections. For example, a long run of semi-quavers can be broken down into groups of 4 semi-quavers, tricky intervals can be broken down into a collection of simpler ones. ...

20 Questions

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Before you begin to learn a new piece of music answer the questions below. You will then be much better placed to learn it quickly. What is the title? Who is the composer? When was the piece written? Where is the composer from? What else did the composer write? Who had an influence on the composer? What is the style of the ...

In At The Deep End

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This methods ensures that difficult passages don"t get left behind. To prepare, play through your piece once stopping to mark with a pencil any tricky bits. When you practise play only those tricky bits you marked with a pencil. Practise until you have mastered all of those bits. You are not allowed to practise any of the ...

Climb The Steps

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This practice method gives you a simple way of knowing how you are getting on with a particular piece or section of music. When your teacher asks you can very specifically tell them that you are on step 2 for the first section and step 4 for the second section of your piece. By using ...