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Music Btec Practice Report. By Emily Crutcher[AC1] In this report I am going to describe Warm-up techniques, technical exercises, studies, repertoire and cool-down / relaxation techniques, referring specifically to my instrument - the piano[AC2]. With the piano, a variety of warm-up techniques and technical exercises are necessary, not only to get the piano 'going' or tuned, but also to warm-up your fingers and wrists so that you can play properly. There[AC3] are a variety of different methods you could use to warm up both the piano and yourself, as[AC4] well as using technical exercises, but perhaps the most common and the most effective are scales, in particular: Contrary motionemotions; scales where you begin on one middle note, and work outwards from that note with both hands using all the standard scale notes, Arpeggios; these are scales where you play the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 1st/8th, 3rd, 5th notes of the scales and then come back down again. Broken Chords are similar to arpeggios, using the same notes, but instead, you begin with 1st, 3rd, 5th; then go to 3rd, 5th 1st/8th and so on, before carrying on back down again. Chromatics where you play all the notes - including black notes - for one or two octaves and also standard scales - the notes of the scale, usually with both bands and played with one or two octaves[AC5]. ...read more.


If you know which key your repertoire is in then it will make your piece a lot easier to play. I usually work on my grade pieces when I go to my lessons, but occasionally I will use 'making the grade' books, to get me ready for the next grade. For instance, one of my Grade 3 pieces that I worked on was called 'Allegretto,' and it was in the key of D major. D major contains all of its notes natural, except F# so it is easy to tell it apart from others, and also easy to play. If I ever become stuck or cannot play parts in a piece I am working on, my piano teacher tells me to work on it 'phrase by phrase.' This helps you get the hang of it, and then you can put it all together. When practicing a piece that contains some phrases you find easy and some that you find hard, you should work on all of them together at the same speed, because once you have perfected your playing you can then work on timing and dynamics in your repertoire, these two will make your piece more interesting and engaging but it is more important to firstly perfect the notes in your piece. ...read more.


The accurate messages your brain is sending your fingers, arms etc., are not disturbed or blocked by excessive tension. � A relaxed upper body fosters better breathing while playing (deep low diaphragm "baby" breathing) that send more oxygen to your brain constantly. This relaxed and high oxygen state creates Alpha (memorization) waves in your brain important for memorization and overall learning. Very good - perhaps you could take some photos of the Alexander technique and include those. As a pianist myself, I often find that I get quite tense across my shoulders and I need to do some stretching exercises - do you think you could include these? Overall a great first draft. Try to include more images and score notation to help to demonstrate your points. [AC1]Please format your report to 12 font, 1 1/2 line spacing and use subheadings. [AC2]Excellent introduction. [AC3]Good point. 2 spaces after a full stop. [AC4]Yes, but you need to give examples - please ask me to show you and speak to your piano teacher! Eg. Dozen a day type exercises but slowly! Octave C major scale slowly etc. [AC5]Good description of a wide range of technical exercises. Please include notation - use google images or print screen from Sibelius. [AC6]All excellent points - could you take a photo to demonstrate? [AC7]Excellent point ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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