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Spring Concert / Chu Chu Reflection

I think practicing by myself worked for me the best to learn the music and learn how to play it. This didn’t work sometimes because sometimes I forgot the speed so I didn’t know which tempo I should use to remember the music. When practicing at home, it was easier to practice because I was able to play the koto at my own pace and no one distracted me. It was easy to notice if I mistaked or not. However, it was also hard because I was playing at my own speed so when we practiced with a group sometimes, it we were playing it in a different speed. Also it was hard to match koto 2 (which is my part) to koto 1.

I learned that practicing and playing a music piece as an ensemble needed a lot of practice. It was very hard and I thought each person had some kind of pressure. Each person had a responsibility to be able to play the piece and memorize it. We needed to help each other sometimes but sometimes we needed individual time to practice since each person was on a different level. In the future, before playing it, we should get the music and learn the music a little before we start playing. Also, some people didn’t memorize it completely or memorized it but wasn’t able to play it completely so we should work on that more.

I think I did okay during the performance however, I mistaked a few times. I think it was because of pressure from the audience and also I didn’t memorize it completely. I memorized it at class but I forgot it at the performance. In the future performances I thought I should be able to play the music completely when having pressure. I didn’t really gain anything but the music ChuChu was the first music we memorized as a 7th grader so I thought it is important to memorize the music earlier then a month before the performance. Overall, I was nervous before and during the performance but I thought I did a good job and I really enjoyed it!


Playing Minuet on the koto was hard. In the piece minuet, there were about 16 notes however, there are 13 strings on the koto. So, I didn’t use the first string since there wasn’t any note that didn’t connect to the other notes. In the piece, there is one part which I changed the octave and played it in the low note instead of the high note. What was interesting was that my tuning wasn’t any tuning that the koto people use and it was fun thinking about the tuning! It was difficult though.



I think my weakness in this piece is when we have the middle finger then the scoop. This movement is the most important move in the first part because we play it a lot. I think I am not good at it becuase I sometimes play the different sound. Also I think I am not good at Page 4, second line, the first 2 measures because I always make a mistake by playing 8 instead of 9 or play 986 three times when we are supposed to play it two times.


However, I think I am getting good at playing the piece “chu chu” because I sometimes practice it with my fingers when I don’t have a koto near me and sometimes I practice with my koto too. My next goal is to remember the first part of this piece!


I think I should improve on looking forward of the music becasue I stopped quite a lot. Also, I think I need to improve on the rhythms and “Shan”. I think I need to improve on the rhythm becasue sometimes I become fast and then slow. Sometimes, the opposite. Additionally, I need to improve on the “Shan” because sometimes I hear the clicking sound and I sometimes mistake the string or take time to find the strings.