Friday, February 1, 2008

Practice has not been going well. The quality of practice is fine, but in the midst of the college setting, it's hard to find time to practice. Of late, when I do practice I am happy with the way things are going. I just wish there were more hours to each day.

The first movement of the Beethoven Sonatina has been learned and memorized. The second movement is coming along nicely, and I should have it memorized within another week of practicing. The Clementi Sonatina, on the other hand, has been taking longer than expected. The first half of the first movement has been learned, and working on memorization. The second half still has some work to do. I've begun looking at the second movement of that Sonatina.

But if there is one composer that perhaps gives me the most trouble, that award goes to Mozart. I just find his works unusually difficult, even the simpler ones such as this Minuet and Trio. The first page is roughly learned, though not memorized. The second page is still in progress, but overall, I'm satisfied with the progress I'm making on that work. The Bach Minuet has been learned, and I'm working on memorization as we speak.

The Burgmuller Study is fairly simple and relatively easy to play. It's just a matter of time before I have this one under my belt. I haven't touched my theory (the book that my teacher gave me is horribly easy--all very basic stuff that I already know, such as note values and time signatures).

Scales Previously Learned: C Maj, G Maj
Scales Assigned by Teacher: D Maj, F Maj
Scales I'm Learning on my Own: E Maj, Bb Maj

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