So here’s the entire themePosted: April 20, 2011
I really don’t know why I’m stuck on getting the theme up to tempo, but I just am. One of the most important things for me to practice right now is to play things slowly and try to make them perfect, and trust me I do that also. A huge concern though, as I’ve mentioned before, is to be able to play things fast. Since I have to play this thing in 10 months, I don’t exactly have time to dilly dally, so that’s where I’m coming from here.
First off, my rhythm sucks. Perhaps that’s a little dramatic, but it’s certainly not great and the theme has sort of a tricky little rhythm. It’s basically an 1/8th note followed by a 1/16th rest then a 1/16th note in the first beat, then four 1/16th notes in the second beat, then that pattern continues. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? The hardest part is knowing when to play that first 1/16th note after the rest. It’s supposed to be right before the next beat, and the beat starts with the second 1/16th note. Does that make sense? It’s supposed to look something like:
BUM <rest> bum BUM bum bum bum BUM <rest> bum BUM bum bum bum BUM…
Timing when to play that “bum” right after the rest is pretty hard. Also, I tend to speed through the four 1/16th notes and make the <rest> too long. Metronomes help, but when the going gets fast, it’s difficult for me to even tell if I’m with the metronome. Another metronome problem is that infernal noise box right next to my ear drowns out the sound of the metronome, so it makes it even harder to tell if I’m with it. Danielle devised a little solution to that last problem. This is not a joke; she was quite proud of herself and actually wants to invent this contraption. I’m practicing the Kreutzer:
I’ve been working with the metronome on the entire theme and also targeting just the 1/16th notes, trying to get them as even as possible. It’s certainly not perfect. Here’s me playing the theme:
So the first part doesn’t sound too bad, but it gets a little rough around the edges later on. Oh well, room for improvement isn’t entirely a bad thing.