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Mendy Smith

Day 9 - Chosen Bach

February 10, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Lessons on Monday was all about choosing which Bach Suite to audition with.  After playing #3 Prelude and Sarabande, I played #5 Allemande and then stopped half-way through.  Nope, that's not going to be a good choice after all.  The chords are difficult enough when I was playing this movement every day, and I need to spend most of my time on the Bloch.  #3 Prelude was judged the best of the bunch by my teacher and needing the least amount of work to get up to par.  The remainder of lessons were spent touching up a few things on the Prelude and then a demand for any major and minor scale as if it were an audition.

My next lesson will be spent on the Bloch.  From this point forward, it will be done entirely from memory.  It is easier to focus on intonation up in the nosebleed section when my eyes aren't glued to the sheetmusic, not to mention being able to really focus in on my vibrato and all the other things that make music musical.

From Tom Holzman
Posted on February 11, 2009 at 1:32 AM

Good luck on your audition.

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