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Mendy Smith

Bloch Blog (aka Lesson Blog)

January 10, 2009 at 4:44 AM

Tonight I had the first lessons with my teacher in nearly 3 weeks.  The last lesson I had was before the holidays and he walked through the Bloch Suite Hebraique with me once so I could practice on my own over the holidays. 

We started with the requisite scale - this time a key for the new year:  F-Minor.  Oh boy... that's a tricky key, and a bit high on the third and final octave.  Without further warm-ups, I jumped right into the Bloch.  About a week's worth of studying this piece got me this feedback from my teacher:

And the final verdict that I got was that I had come along way since our last lesson and we can now enter the "final polishing stage", then it will be absolutely beautiful. WOW!  I mean WOW!  I have never gone from a walk-through to "final polishing" within two lessons and a week of study before! 

I'm not fooling myself that going into "final polishing" means 1-2 more lessons and that's it.  "Final Polishing" with Joel is alot of work.  What it really means is that he doesn't have to work with me so much on learning the notes, getting them in tune and basic rhythms.  Instead we focus on all the other musical aspects such as phrasing, dynamic changes, tempo changes, tonal colors, and "stage presence" (the final note). 

It took two years of hard work with him to get to the point where learning a new piece is more about polish and not so much learning the notes. I have a fun and exciting road ahead of me!

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