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Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)

(Text as at 16/10/2013 20:08:10)

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Resources

Sheet Music and Books on Music are summarised in the following lists:-

A useful site for listening to practice pieces is Spotify (Spotify).

Time spent since I (re-)started playing these instruments is recorded in my database (as pseudo-Papers) at the following links:-

Works Played

Oboe:
  1. My oboe expertise has improved somewhat with practice, though I still have trouble with breath-control, and with playing for longer than 30 minutes at a stretch. It seems that the tone of the G, and especially the C, above middle C, has never been very good, though this now seems to be improving. Strangely, I’d never thought the oboe needed to be tuned against the piano, nor was I quite as clear how to vary the pitch so much by controlling the reed. So, I guess that’s progress. My focus continues to be on the mechanics of breathing, reed-control and tone, but is now moving on into other areas of musicality.
  2. Lessons: 38 from April 2008 to September 2010.
  3. Practice pieces for the oboe:
  4. Also some elementary scales (C major; D major and minor; F major; and G major and minor; E-flat major).
  5. Finally, some re-engineering of the fingering for top C# and D – and now D# and E – I’m beginning to get used to these, which is an advance over my school days.
Piano:
  1. I’ve been studying Piano since July 2008.
  2. Lessons: 31 from July 2008 to September 2010.
  3. I reached the end of Book 1 of "Barratt (Carol) - The Classic Piano Course (Omnibus Edition: Books 1, 2 & 3)" in December 2008. Final piece: Fur Elise.
  4. From January – August 2009 I was assigned a Grade 2/3 book – "Agay (Denes) - Classics to Moderns (Volume 2)" – items as below.
    • Minuet from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach,
    • Corelli – Gavotte,
    • Burgmuller – Arabesque,
    • Beethoven – Sonatina in G,
    • Tchaikovsky – Italian Song,
    • Beethoven – Ecossaise,
    • Couperin – Carnival,
    • Schumann – Melody,
    • Schumann – The Wild Horseman,
    • Kabalevsky - Waltz.
  5. Since September 2009 I have been assigned a Grade 3/4 book – "Agay (Denes) - Classics to Moderns (Volume 3)" – items as below.
    • Clowns [Kabalevsky, Dmitri]
    • Ecossaise [Weber, Carl Maria Von]
    • First Loss [Schumann, Robert]
    • Little Prelude in C [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
    • Puppet's Complaint [Franck, Cesar]
    • Rondo [Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus]
    • The Mechanical Doll (Six Children's Pieces) [Shostakovich, Dmitri]
    • Waltz [Schubert, Franz]
  6. "ABRSM - Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2009-2010: Grade 2":
    • ... Biehl: Allegro Grazioso from Sonatina in C, Op. 57 No. 1.
  7. "ABRSM - Scales, Arpeggios & Broken Chords: Piano Grade 2".
Aural:
  1. Set up Nat’s Roland Juno-D Synthesiser in the spare room and bought a set of deluxe headphones. The idea is to practice my “feel” (if any) for music by learning to play by ear – without people listening – maybe using "Cannel (Ward) & Marx (Fred) - How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons: What Music Is and How to Make It at Home" for inspiration,
  2. "ABRSM - Aural Training In Practice: Book 1 - Grades 1-3".
Music Theory:
  1. Theory Theory:
    "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 1",
    "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 2",
  2. Theory Practice:
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 1",
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 2",
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 3",
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 4",
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 5",
  3. Theory Answers:
    "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 1",
    "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 2",
    "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 3",
    "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 4",
    "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 5",
  4. Oboe Theory:
    "Goossens (Leon) & Roxburgh (Edwin) - Oboe (Yehudi Menuhin Music Guide)".

Time spent since I (re-)started playing these instruments is recorded in my database (as pseudo-Papers) at the following links:-

Works Played

Oboe:
  1. My oboe expertise has improved somewhat with practice, though I still have trouble with breath-control, and with playing for longer than 30 minutes at a stretch. It seems that the tone of the G, and especially the C, above middle C, has never been very good, though this now seems to be improving. Strangely, I’d never thought the oboe needed to be tuned against the piano, nor was I quite as clear how to vary the pitch so much by controlling the reed. So, I guess that’s progress. My focus continues to be on the mechanics of breathing, reed-control and tone, but is now moving on into other areas of musicality.
  2. Lessons: 38 from April 2008 to September 2010.
  3. Practice pieces for the oboe:
  4. Also some elementary scales (C major; D major and minor; F major; and G major and minor; E-flat major).
  5. Finally, some re-engineering of the fingering for top C# and D – and now D# and E – I’m beginning to get used to these, which is an advance over my school days.
Piano:
  1. I’ve been studying Piano since July 2008.
  2. Lessons: 31 from July 2008 to September 2010.
  3. I reached the end of Book 1 of "Barratt (Carol) - The Classic Piano Course (Omnibus Edition: Books 1, 2 & 3)" in December 2008. Final piece: Fur Elise.
  4. From January – August 2009 I was assigned a Grade 2/3 book – "Agay (Denes) - Classics to Moderns (Volume 2)" – items as below.
    • Minuet from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach,
    • Corelli – Gavotte,
    • Burgmuller – Arabesque,
    • Beethoven – Sonatina in G,
    • Tchaikovsky – Italian Song,
    • Beethoven – Ecossaise,
    • Couperin – Carnival,
    • Schumann – Melody,
    • Schumann – The Wild Horseman,
    • Kabalevsky - Waltz.
  5. Since September 2009 I have been assigned a Grade 3/4 book – "Agay (Denes) - Classics to Moderns (Volume 3)" – items as below.
    • Clowns [Kabalevsky, Dmitri]
    • Ecossaise [Weber, Carl Maria Von]
    • First Loss [Schumann, Robert]
    • Little Prelude in C [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
    • Puppet's Complaint [Franck, Cesar]
    • Rondo [Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus]
    • The Mechanical Doll (Six Children's Pieces) [Shostakovich, Dmitri]
    • Waltz [Schubert, Franz]
  6. "ABRSM - Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2009-2010: Grade 2":
    • … Biehl: Allegro Grazioso from Sonatina in C, Op. 57 No. 1.
  7. "ABRSM - Scales, Arpeggios & Broken Chords: Piano Grade 2".
Aural:
  1. Set up Nat’s Roland Juno-D Synthesiser in the spare room and bought a set of deluxe headphones. The idea is to practice my “feel” (if any) for music by learning to play by ear – without people listening – maybe using "Cannel (Ward) & Marx (Fred) - How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons: What Music Is and How to Make It at Home" for inspiration,
  2. "ABRSM - Aural Training In Practice: Book 1 - Grades 1-3".
Music Theory:
  1. Theory Theory:
    "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 1",
    "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 2",
  2. Theory Practice:
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 1",
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 2",
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 3",
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 4",
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 5",
  3. Theory Answers:
    "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 1",
    "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 2",
    "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 3",
    "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 4",
    "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 5",
  4. Oboe Theory:
    "Goossens (Leon) & Roxburgh (Edwin) - Oboe (Yehudi Menuhin Music Guide)".



Live Version of this Archived Note

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Table of the 3 Earlier Versions of this Note

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17/04/2012 13:17:46 4757 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
18/12/2010 19:58:05 3634 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
03/01/2010 21:24:29 3637 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)


Table of the 5 Later Versions of this Note

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14/07/2019 18:05:46 14222 Theo Todman's Music Page
10/10/2018 16:43:41 7785 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
14/10/2016 22:14:53 6030 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
07/10/2015 00:27:22 5586 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
14/01/2014 17:57:07 4995 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)



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