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!