I had teaching today and didn’t get home until 3pm, and was very tired, but still wanted to get some practice in.
15 minute warmup · Did low E long tone exercise. 2 octaves of this exercise, my abs were killing me haha. Did the major and minor scale round in the Otto Langey book. Struggled in the middle when there were a large number of sharps, maybe need to write in what scales those are so I don’t need to rely on reading so many sharps.
1 hour excerpts · Played the Rossini at 100bpm, wanted to make sure I was playing it accurately, will bump up the speed slowly. Mendelssohn scherzo, worked on the run where I am struggling making a few intervals smooth, and getting my tongue in sync. Played the Holst with Tom as a duet so I could make more sense of the quaver passage. Played through the Grainger, I need to work on making my tongue lighter, and really making the triplets longer, which I am struggling with as I am using the side key C, so I can play it really quickly and rush it.
1 hour Mozart mvmt 1 · Focused on the first 2 pages. Asked Tom to give feedback. I need to make sure I bring out all the notes in the runs, and try to make my tongue as light as possible. I need to make my trills faster, and really work on what the phrase is doing.
What I learned:
I need to find a way to make my tonguing lighter. I’m really good at starting and ending a note with my tongue, but I apply a lot of pressure. When I do staccatos, I use my air to make them short, so I kind of back off the air at the end of the note, but I need to keep my tongue closer to the reed and bounce off more.