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So you know about the full chart and
how it really is the best way to get a
piece performance ready.
It's the best way to practice if you
really want to get a piece to a 100%
accuracy, musical detail, know you can get
up and
perform it just the way that you want.
Now the trick with the chart is, the steps
are quite basic, but
you have to be able to adjust the chart
steps to the piece that you're playing to
get the most bang for your buck.
So I wanted to go through and show you how
to full chart a fast piece.
I've chosen the Clemente Sonatina in
C-major from our repertoire book,
grade number seven.
So it's on page 17.
So in the full chart we do three times at
a fast speed.
And the fast, the fast speeds are the most
self explanatory.
They're the easiest to do.
So you do one time where you play it
perfectly from beginning to end.
One time where you do a performance, and
one time where you play it through with
the metronome, to make sure that you're
not getting too fast or too slow.
Let me just talk a little bit about
playing it perfectly.
That can be an overwhelming task but just
like I've always said, if something seems
overwhelming you just break it down into
something that's manageable.
So for example, when I'm first starting to
try and get a piece.
When I've gotten it up to tempo and I'm
really trying to do my full chart and
practicing it from beginning to end, if I
can't do it right away.
The first day I always start with just
what I can do, and
I play, play the X Game, is what I call
So, when I'm doing my perfect play
through, I'd start.
And all of the fast beats should be by
memory, by the way.
I'm gonna be using the music, but you'll
have your piece memorized.
Oh, I made a mistake.
So, I'm going to mark an x by exactly
where I made the mistake.
And that's all I'm going to do today.
So, I'm gonna start right before that X I
measured before.
I made a mistake, so
now I'm gonna mark another X, right where
I made the mistake.
Keep going through the whole piece.
Starting the measure before your mistake,
going through to the end,
marking your X's.
And that's my perfect place you for the
So, the, the next day when I come back to
I have to get further that the X that is
already there.
So for example,
I have to get further than that measure
five where I made my first mistake.
Oh, I made a mistake.
Okay, so I'm gonna go to right there.
Now within that new X, I passed two of my
old X's that
I made last time so I'm gonna erase those.
So now my first section has become bigger.
So your goal is to just do a little better
than you did the day before.
So to continue on throughout the piece and
see where my next X is, I have
to get further than that until I have the
whole piece from beginning to end.
And so that could take me, you know, a
week, two weeks, three weeks,
but the whole mindset is that if I've don
it this well yesterday I can do it even
better today.
And that you keep practicing until you can
do it even one note better.
That's why it's really important with your
X's you mark exactly where you made
your mistake.
For the performance, we know you just pull
in anybody.
You can play for anybody who lives with
you or you can call somebody on the phone
and play over the phone, or invite a
friend over.
If you don't have anybody, you can always
just record it, and
listen to yourself back.
That's a great way to do your performance.
And then your with the metronome,
just make sure that as you make mistakes,
you go through and, and correct them.
So let's talk about the medium speeds.
When you're playing a fast piece,
your medium speed is always gonna be three
to five speeds below your final.
So this one, I like playing it around 132.
If it's a really fast piece, which this
one is quite fast,
I like to go five speeds below.
So I just go one, two, three, four, five.
Metronome 108.
So the medium speeds, the most important
thing and the,
the thing that students most often do
wrong is, it is with the music.
It is fu, not using the music to be
reading the notes, but
using the music to look at all the
Every marking that composer's written in,
every marking that you've written in based
on my feedback to you so
that you're always looking at am I
following every single dynamic, every,
every phrase mark so that you don't forget
any of the musical details.
And the medium speeds always need to be
done in sections until perfect.
So, if you make a mistake,
you just go back to the measure before and
you keep going.
So, as musically as you can, but right
with the metronome.
I'll start on measure 27, just to give you
an example.
And as we do medium speeds,
everything is exaggerated.
you'll see that my wrists are gonna be
bigger in medium than they are in fast.
So everything in exaggerated medium.
Dynamics, your wrists.
Everything except you keep really
straightforward on your tempo.
Now, the slow work.
The right hand alone left hand alone slow
is where most of the confusion sets in,
in using the full chart.
So when I do my right hand alone I'm going
to go very slowly.
Now, the trick is,
you have to think of what you're trying to
practice in each passage.
So if I have a lyrical passage, I'm going
to play it musically.
If I have a technical passage like a fast
scale or
an arpeggio, I'm going to use my muscle
So I'll show you kinda the finished
product which you can do.
And then I'll also show you a way, if
this, this way to practice is confusing,
how you can just do it really
So I start.
I'm not playing much slower than it goes.
I'm just playing, basically, a medium
But as I get to this run,
I'm gonna do muscle builders.
Back to lyrical,
back to muscle builders.
Just medium.
Really trying to get every note.
Now muscle builders.
Now you'll notice,
for example, if I played this section.
Really loud and strong like a muscle
builders, it's just going to make that
unmusical when I play it.
It's just gonna be poundy and bangy.
So you don't do muscle builders through
the whole thing,
only where you're going to need really
ticky articulate fingers.
It's perfect, that's why I can play it so
evenly is because I spent so much time
doing this.
With every finger, right?
So you just kind of go in and out of it.
If it's tricky for you, if it's confusing
to change your tempo all the time,
just pick a speed [SOUND]
Again nice medium, let's say maybe at 126.
And that way,
you're kind of just doing half speed
whenever you get to sixteenth notes.
Now let's talk about your left hand.
The left hand also can very often be
practiced incorrectly using the chart.
We do a lot of muscle builders in the
right hand, but left hand typically is
doing something accompanying, which is the
case in this piece.
So you do not wanna practice your left
hand loud.
Cuz then otherwise you'll just get a loud
left hand
That's not a good sound.
It's not a good classical sound.
It's not what we're trying to do for this
We want our left hand as soft as possible.
So you actually practice.
Even though it's called Slow Work, in a
piece like this, you
would be doing it up to tempo, left hand
alone, as soft and as musical as possible.
So, around 132, but all by itself.
Really let's aim for the control of it.
Following dynamics.
So on this piece, I don't think there
are any left-hand parts where you would
actually do muscle builders.
So you do that musically.
If that's too fast for you to do hands
alone, then do it in medium tempo, but
not too slowly.
Because if we practice this so slowly,
it's not the same feel as when we're
playing it faster, fast and soft.
Now here's the trick.
When you put it hands together for you
slow, you follow the slowest hand.
So for example, you do.
Kinda medium tempo.
Now muscle builders.
So I just follow my slowest hand.
Follow the slowest hand.
[SOUND] And again,
you can use the metronome to help you go
in and out of those different tempos.
A huge mistake that a lot of students make
with the full chart on
these slow sections, is they will only
pick out the 16 note passages.
So they will go through and just play.
Don't do that.
Go for the very first note to the very
last note, and
just adjust your practicing for each
particular passage.
Because doing hands alone work doesn't
just help your muscles,
doesn't just help your musicality, it also
helps your memory.
And you hear things different when your
playing your right hand alone, and
your left hand alone.
So make sure that the slower, the slow
work and
the medium work is where you improve.
The fast work is just where you are
maintaining things, but the slow work and
the medium work is where you'll really see
your progress, so
don't leave any of those steps out.
And get to work on your full chart.
In the full chart,
the performance that you're supposed to do
every day,
that would be a great time to send in a
You could post it on your student page
that way, people can come and
give you comments and feedback on how
you're doing.
And it's also such a great way to improve,
to record and
know it's going to be posted.
It will really help your progress.
So when you're doing that performance part
of your full chart,
one of the times you should really post it
on your student page.