Saturday, March 03, 2007
Week Nine of 2007 on the double bass
25 Feb 2007, Sun: I have probably spent at least an hour practising Faure's Sicilienne. My goal was to work through this entire work so that I can work on Sicilienne during my upcoming double bass lesson on Thursday. I am pleased to share that I have managed to do so.
There is still one section that I need further work on. There is a minor seventh leap from Eb to Db and I would need some practice to pitch that particular section in tune, while sounding musical.
26 Feb 2007, Mon: At least 50 minutes on the double bass, so as to practise for the upcoming concert on 16 Mar 2007.
I spent quite a bit of time practising a few selected passages from Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Festival Overture and the 3rd and 4th movement of Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op 43. I also sight-read Paganini's Grand Sonata for Viola & Orchestra. Before I knew it, almost one hour slipped away without my realising.
27 Feb 2007, Tue: After close to 12 hours of work in my office, I had an urge to play the double bass. As it was already 10.40 p.m. when I started practising on the double bass, my intuition told me that I could play something that would be suitable for the quiet moments of the night. I put on the double bass practice mute, and started practising the third movement of Marcello's Sonata in G major, "Grave", with the metronome clicking away.
The goal of the night's practice was to help me improve my rhythm for this very piece. I agree with my tutor that this 3rd movement may seem easy, but it is a very challenging movement to play and sound musically. Stopped the practice at close to 11.10 p.m. so that I can take sometime to blog.
28 Mar 2007, Wed: I did not practise on the double bass, but I attended two double bass recitals.
1 Mar 2007, Thu: One hour of practising on the double bass during the double bass lesson for the day.
I felt I was making a step forward in preparing for the DipABRSM because I finally worked through the entire of Faure's Sicilienne during the lesson. My tutor demonstrated me how to playing attention to the dynamics could make the music come alive! I love it.
More practise is needed on my end.
There was time to work on Marcello's Sonata in G major. I was given an assignment to practise on. The assignment was to practise the 2nd and the 4th movements of Marcello's Sonata in G major many times per day at a slower tempo until my left hand can play the two movements at auto-pilot mode.
2 Mar 2007, Fri: About 45 minutes at least on the double bass. Even though it already past 10 p.m. when I started practising, I decided to do it anyway. I practised the 2nd and the 4th movements of Marcello's Sonata in G major at a slow tempo. It proved to be quite a good workout for the night. I ended the practice earlier than I would like to because my body was sending me messages that it is getting physically tired.
3 Mar 2007, Sat: About 40 minutes on the double bass. Most of the time was spent practising the 2nd and 4th movements of Marcello's Sonata in G major at a slow tempo.
10 minutes was spent practising selected passages from Faure's Sicilienne. I still need to work on that minor seventh leap. I like Faure's Sicilienne nevertheless.
Conclusion: This week, I have reached my target of practising at least four days for the week, and at least 15 minutes per day.
I may have to devote more time to studying music theory next week however.