I NEVER thought I'd practice this on camera. In fact, I had thought I had decided that the same day I decided to practice No. 19 on camera. I mean, look at it:
Does that look even remotely interesting to you? My vision practically blurred when I first looked at this page.
But then I realized: Hey, I'm about being real on this channel. Should I really avoid practicing things like this because I don't find it interesting? No. I need to show that part to you guys too. I also have to practice things that I don't want to because it helps me learn more. It's like doing homework for a subject at school that you might not really like. You still gotta do it, though, because it's good for your education. You learn other things better because you learned things you may not have liked studying.
So I reluctantly started filming. But as you can see from the progression throughout the video, I started seeing things I didn't see before, discovering that there are TWO melodies happening at the same time, realizing I'm playing two different parts simultaneously... So this wasn't as boring as I thought it was!
Always give boring music a chance. It just might surprise you. ;)
Psst. Here's a link to the pdf of the Andersen etudes, Op. 30:
I originally was going to do a "Practice with Me" video, but I felt that what I had to say in this video needed to come first. I wanted to come clean with you guys about why I suddenly changed the way I filmed my videos lately. It's taken quite a bit of time to reflect and put into words the thoughts and feelings I've been having regarding burnout, and I wanted to share in the hope that I can encourage someone out there. :)
I mean it. Don't forget to have fun. <3
It was another of those weeks where I spent most of it going back and forth over various topics I could talk about for a video. Some topics weren't fleshed out enough, other topics were pretty disorganized, and overall, not much of what I thought of would work as a cohesive video.
And then! I realized that I had been repeating the same tips and tricks to my students over the past few weeks. I had some downtime between students... so why not repeat it again to you guys? XD
As you can tell, I've been keeping the production value pretty low key for my non-FCNY videos. Things have been getting pretty busy lately, so I've opted to leave my camera on a tiny tripod on my desk for good, so I can turn it on and record any time with no set-up time. Ironically, it's setting up that takes the most time! Makeup, lights, setting up the tripod, sound check, video tests... it all adds up! I figured I can give myself a break on my non-FCNY videos and just up the production value for my reviews once a month. I feel way less burned out this way, and I'm also really loving the casual, down-to-earth feel of these less produced videos. I hope you guys are on board with it too. :)
Well, happy practicing, my self-taught peeps! :D
What began as me struggling to find a way to fit everything I wanted to say about how I read music into my "Practice with Me" videos turned into a whole new series! With this series, I can now focus on just the interesting parts of my practice routine in my "Practice with Me" videos without having to go into too much background detail as to exactly how I'm sight reading the music so quickly.
I didn't always sight read music like this. In truth, I never thought I would get here. What pushed me to learn to sight read like this was the lack of time to practice enough during music school while learning a lot of music theory and history. Having the theory and history backing me up helped me read music as another language, rather than a jumble of symbols that I have to decode.
I hope that this series will help those of you who have been asking for more sight reading videos! It's hard to pull random tips out of the air without experiencing it myself in front of you guys, so here we are. :)
Happy sight reading!