Mendelssohn melody and harmony, klein345
I was generally happy with the way things went on Friday. After transitioning from our 4/4 exercises with the fermatas into the correct 3/4 time of the excerpt, I felt as though I had an encouraging expression, natural and clear gestures, and a good idea of the music. I don't think I made as much progress in the even tempo from last week. My beat three was still fast and my beat two sometimes sped up depending on my movement. I also had difficulty breaking from my established practice tempo. While this could be seen as quite an attribute, I would like to have the flexibility to rehearse a number of different ways. Again, I think I need to dust off the metronome this week. The size and shape of my gesture may also affect the tempo. My "swoops" on beat three make it easy to increase the tempo, where a more lateral motion would help show the legato nature of the excerpt as well as force me to keep in time.