Friday, 16 November 2012

Learning. It's a process.

Chopin Etude Op 10 No. 3 in E Major 

So my recital was on week 8, I started learning this during week 2 (I think), slow learner, managed to learn and memorize it in time for my recital. Thank God for the extended time, was suppose to have the recital on week 6 :) (I've blogged about this but still, am grateful) 

Why this piece?

It was chosen for me by my lecturer. Randomly I guess. 6 pages long. My first Etude. I played Nocturne, learned Valse and never Etude. 

So I started learning. This piece really was a challenge for me. 

Technically.My 4th and 5th fingers are so weak that the top voice doesn't stands out. Slow practice + divide them to parts like practicing only the top voice (using mostly only 4th and 5th fingers) or only accompaniment (thumb, 2nd finger and left hand). Thumb is generally the stronger finger, so yea *control* If you've seen my hands, ain't that big. Thank God for my teacher who has cute-sized hands, she taught me a lot on wrist-movement/rotation/swing? (Bar 46-54, plenty of them) I was sorta practicing in pain without those techniques :/ My whole body stiffens too, must relax. lol. Sort of used my body weight (leaning forward) for the fortissimo (very loud) chords. 

Next is, musicality. Oh dear. What a beautiful sad, romantic piece. Had to search for that source of emo-ness. I'm generally a happy-go-lucky sampat girl. Still learning to get into the mood and perform this piece well. 

The recital week before mine (week 7), a senior was asked to stop by the lecturers during her recital, she wasn't prepared for it. She will need to re-do her recital on week 14. Frankly speaking, that was when I knew she was a senior, never seen her in practice room or around the faculty. I was stunned when that happened, like :"this actually happens? she doesn't practice?" I mean, we music students have to practice, that's one of the most important thing for us to do. Recital isn't part of our marks but it's important because you are playing in front of all the lecturers and your course mates.

Straight after that, it was my principle study class with lecturer. First time ever, my right leg shivers when I step on the pedal :( IDK why I was so affected by that incident. Played so badly that I didn't feel like finishing my piece, wanted to stop halfway through, it was that bad. Teared a bit samore, so embarrassing :(

Fact: Yeap, I take private piano lessons, as recommended by the Principal Study Rules and Regulations paper LOL! My current teacher was introduced by my previous teacher, she took leave for confinement and was unable to teach me. Just before entering uni, I took 1 month of lessons with the new teacher then stopped cuz I needed time to adjust to uni life. After a month of uni, I decided to continue learning from the new teacher. (Idk why I'm being so naggy, I've actually blogged about it ^_^)

I talked to Ah Chor about my new teacher, told her that my teacher just came back from USA, Myan said her bro too. Then, we found out that my new teacher actually went to further her masters with Myan's bro. Told my teacher about it and she was surprised too, cuz Myan's bro wasn't from KwangHua. Oh yea, small world, my teacher's alma maters are mine too, KH and STK. hohos. Don't know where she studied during primary school LOL, okay-lah, don't want to be creepy stalk-ish :)

More facts? 
My lecturer was my teacher's junior back in their uni days. My teacher is not that old, 27 I think? which means my lecturer is only 26 liddet. TO MY HORROR. first day of principle study class, Mr Tan already asked me who is my teacher, was thinking whether to mention the new teacher or my long-time teacher. SMALL WORLD

So everybody knows everybody? :/ I don't like mentioning names. Super uncomfortable when lecturer asked when I'll be seeing my teacher. Hope they are in good terms lo. There's this situation where a teacher ain't happy when the student takes classes from another teacher. Reality.

Recital was ok. Not regretting learning this Etude, I've learned a lot, enjoyed the process :) Learning my Prelude and Fugue now, yet to choose my Scarlatti Sonata. Music Showcase is on the 22nd of November *event page click* We are going to perform what we've learned in this semester. I'm in the classical choir, so far we've learned 3 songs. IKR, like, only 3 songs? LOL. Blending the S-A-T-B ain't that easy especially when we have many Sopranos and Altos, but only 3 Tenors and 3 Basses LOL. Shall try out other ensembles next semester :D

WORDY MUCH POST. Thank you for reading, it meant a lot to me :") took time to blog this out, putting my thoughts into words. *phew* 
Have a blessed weekend! End of my mid-sem break hoho.

Friday, 9 November 2012

*Gives blog a CPR*

It's November already? Time flies as always. Hectic life. I wished I can sit and blog something that has quality (LOL) instead of pasting a pic and put some description on top of it. For now, picture time!~

Skype session with Kehpoh Sen Chen from our hostels. Line was bad. Nevertheless, we enjoyed talking :) see his big wide smile :D Can't wait to see the Sarawak peeps next year.

Skype session with Wynne at 10PM UK time ^^v That was the week before I go for PKV camp and she has SF retreat :)

A-LL13 the musical. Thanks Jie Rachel for the invite :)
"Real friends are hard to make."

Classical meets Jazz. It was a fun concert, me and my course mates were happy with our seating which was in the middle section, until we realized we couldn't see the hand of the pianist LOL! We need to attend 2 concerts outside of our uni and write 2 reports per semester, not done :X
University of the Philippines Concert Chorus performed at Experimental Theatre. We got to know of this concert a week before or so, very short notice, even my friends at UPM knew about it before I knew. Was a great performance. Choreography and the vocal was *wow*

Left: After the concert, a pic with the UPM peeps :) so good to see them again.

Right: After our interview in UM, taken few months ago

The recent concert, Guitar performance by Stefan Ostersjo.

It was something like this..

IKR! Cool yes but we yet to understand the music. Bear in mind most of us are piano major.  Maybe my lecturers can explain?

AND *jengjengjeng* Recital week! Very different from ICOM's recital. Here, you play and that's it. My lecturer didn't give me any comments right after the recital, class that day was also cancelled. The following week when I have my Principle Study class, I already forgot how I played that day, Liddet how to improve :/ Thank God I played through :")

I won 2 premier screening passes from Nuffnang to watch Frankenweenie :D I knew it was a BnW movie but I didn't know it was a 3D movie until I was about to enter the cinema hall LOL. Reminds me of how creative kids are with their imaginations :)

Lunch and catch-up with Wyan at Secret of Louisiana, Kelana Jaya. Someone's being camera-shy LOL. He's going to Canada for studies. IDK when but it'll be real soon.

T.H.E. Camp
I know I'm being super lazy :X but Mun Foong blogged a detailed one :) good read *click*

Group pic

Okay, just have to post this cuz it's too funny! We had a session learning about CPR. We have a few "victims" waiting for our rescue. As you can see, someone is using a long weed to tickle rescue LOL.

Mud punishment fun HAHA! okay, embarrassing but it was fun to do it as a team lol. Happy faces :)

Instagram is my hobby ;) Just love the shadows.

=phailed= that's what happens when you lost touch of blogging :/ 
Have a blessed holiday peeps! :D