Piano Instructor and Church Musician in Rogers, Arkansas
I’m always asking my students about their practice. So why not share some of my own practice notes, as they happen?
Practice is a very private experience for me. When I’m practicing somewhere that’s in the public, I want to be invisible. Ignored, totally and completely. It’s sort of like praying, except instead of working things out with God, I’m working them out with the music. Does anyone else feel that way?
Enjoy! Let me know what you think.
Plugin Setup Day
Plugin Setup Day
This is really cool! I established a new Google Calendar, and I'll use it strictly for creating a public practice log. Since I often ask my students how much they practice and how to practice, I want to give some insight into my own practice process.
I'll try to keep it high level and save the minutiae for myself. Plus, if I have a project or piece I don't want to reveal, I might create some type of code word. After all, mystery is sometimes a good thing!
I decided I'd like brush up the Bach WTC Book 1 that I learned in 2018-2019 to record and present it in December 2021 via an online Advent calendar. I would present one P&F each day and then something different for Christmas day, all pre-recorded throughout the year.
To get this started, I wanted to practically see how much work this might take, and also get one recording in the can. I chose the F# major because of its bright mood - good for the New Year - and its average difficulty. I think the project is doable, but I'm not fully committing to it just yet.
I tried to edit the recordings I made on Sunday night for two separate Music Monday posts. However, I found that the Windows software I purchased doesn't recognize the MOV/QuickTime file format used by my Zoom Q2n-4k Video Recorder. So frustrating!
I have another solution, but it requires using my MacBook, which I didn't want to take 5-10 minutes to set up. Instead, I wasted about an hour, though I was able to multi-task.
I set up my MacBook to do the video editing, which was really quick, but then transferring the files via Dropbox failed for some reason, even though both computers were connected via LAN cables.
I solved the Dropbox issue by just terminating all of the Dropbox processes on my computer and then relaunching; I could have rebooted and that would have done the same thing. Again, I was able to multi-task, but it was still annoying!