9/28: Mendelssohn Sop/Bass
When I was practicing, I kept trying to imagine both lines in my head, which appeared to be an impossible task. It's a skill I would like to be able to cultivate; I understand that there are musicians who can look at a score and mentally hear all the parts in an orchestra.
My thoughts kept shifting from one part to another, though, so I resorted to a flow chart to diagram entrances and lifts. It was helpful to break it down into simpler steps with a clear visual cue to know things like "Left hand gestures here...right hand breathes here." I would have liked, however, to wean myself of the flowchart and have to think less.
I also let a bit of evil toe tapping creep in. I can control that, but oh, I curse the 5th grade piano teacher who encouraged me to wiggle my toe! Any suggestions on how to internalize the pulse?
Finally, Andrew encouraged me to try shifting the beat pattern from hand to hand during the middle system of the piece. It was a great idea because I didn't have to divide my attention by keeping both hands going, but it revealed a gap in my practice- I've never practiced the pattern with my left hand. It was quite amusing trying it for the first time in class; I watched my left hand flail and jerk with interest. Andrew explained that, mercifully, it's not a priority to be perfectly ambidextrous. I plan to do a little practice at least, so that it dosn't feel like a chunk of dead meat.