In koto, we are currently working on a piece called “Hikaru Umi (光る海)” for the Middle School Concert. I chose three sections where I felt I especially need practice, and they are:
1. Page 1 line 3 measure 3~ Page 2 line 2 measure 4
I need to work on the transitions when the strings are apart because sometimes I mess up and play the wrong string, and I also need to work on the presses because my presses tend to be too weak. I will practice them by repeating it many times and getting used to it.
2. Page 4 line 4 measure 3~ Page 5 line 1 measure 4
I need to work on the transition between the “五” “十” press because I am not ready for the presses sometimes, and I also mess up with the strings. Also when I let go of the press in a bad timing, it makes a strange sound. As I mentioned earlier, I will practice the presses many times and get used to it.
3. Page 7 line 4 measure 2~ End of page 7
I need to pay attention to the fingering, and also work on playing the strings smoothly. I will practice this section in a slow tempo at first, and then gradually increase the tempo.
Here is a recording of me playing one of the sections, page 1 line 3 measure 3~ page line 2 measure 4: