Tiredness, early morning brain fog – Practice Log No.1

I got to campus at 8:15am and started practicing around 8:20.

I teach immediately after I get home from college, so the block of 2 hours was the only time I get to practice today. Which is why I was practicing so early.

Playing Bach early in the morning is not the greatest idea…

Started Bach’s WTC Prelude No.11, and read through the two pages slowly. On difficult parts I played one hand at a time. I made stupid minor mistakes, a lot, because I’m on 6 hours of sleep. It felt like I was drunk or something, like my brain was slow and my hands didn’t respond to what my brain was saying fast enough.

 

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Anyway, this made me frustrated. I’m tired and in a bad mood.

I played through that piece for 1 hour, then took a break by playing through Scott Joplin’s Magnetic Rag. I really like this rag, I plan to film it sometime this week. It wasn’t just Bach my slow brain was struggling with, I made easy mistakes on this one too! Of course I make mistakes a lot, but these were like simple mistakes. Anyway, I tried to have fun playing with that one, it’s just my mind was in a haze getting adjusted to getting up at 6am, and practicing early.

After 30 minutes of reading through the rag a few times, I was back to Bach.

This time I worked on the 2-page fugue. This one intimidates me because there are 3 voices, and it requires intricate finger placings, plus having to make all three voices sing their melodies. I just focused on the left hand, then the right hand, then I put them together. This will take about a week to learn and get down.

Even though I was tired, I kept playing, not giving up. I felt like giving up, but there’s no other time to practice today. So, a little progress happened today.

 

 

 

 

 

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