December 2014 archive

Winter Koto Concert Reflection

Im semester one in koto class, we worked on a music piece called “Yumenowa” We  had a winter koto concert on 10th of December. We all did well preforming together as a group and personally, I think this ( the performance ) was the 一番よった because we were all together and listening to each other. It was going great at the beginning to the half it was a nice tempo but through the half to the end it was getting faster and everyone was rushing but it was not obvious.   Before the performance we had a little time to rehear and everything was a mess, it was like our worst practice ever because i bet everyone was nervous. Everyone was going at there pace and it was really fast.

Preparing before the performance was going well i think. It is just I didn’t practice long but every time I practice the same part I get well which completes my goals.

What you found challenging and how you overcame that: The challenging part is we have to film our practice log which is めんどくさい. I keep on forgetting to film it and post it on my blog even though I do practice. It is better to just write it down on a piece of paper. But I tried to remind my self and I wrote it down on my sticky notes.

How the performance went for you individually, and for the group:  I think I did pretty good even though I kind of got confused at the last part because everyone was playing at the wrong tempo. I Practiced very hard so  I did the best that I could at the concert. As I said before performing as a group was pretty much okay I guess.. Sometimes it was getting faster and faster and slowing down. But it was better than the practice.

What you might do differently the next time you work on music for a performance: We should all work together more to make the performance successful and neat. Or I will bring some friends after school to practice with me.

Comparing Poetry and Ads

In this few weeks in english class, we’ve been learning about how language and visual language persuade people. We are also looking at different types of poem, how poems evokes feeling and how the author use technique.

Poem is a piece of writing that express feelings and ideas. Poetry is more of a text than visual language. It makes us ( the readers) think more carefully of what the poet wants to say and how the poet uses techniques for example… there can be use of metaphor and Simile to evoke deep/strong  feelings which can change peoples opinion. By using these techniques it will move peoples emotions more than just looking at the Advertisement, you can also Imagine the theme/scene of the story. Personally, I think Poem is a best way to move peoples heart if the poem is deep 😉 On the other hand, “metaphor and Simile” are not just the techniques, it is also how the poet writes in sentences like making one sentences in 2 words. This shows how those 2 words are deep and they are important.

Advertisement can hook peoples attention easily by visual language which  makes a  lot of target to the audience than a Poem.  Ads gives us the main idea of a story by using pictures, the  audience just listens to it which makes us not to think more creative and openminded.  As I said before these days most of the people do not read poem because Ads have many techniques that will hook more attention for example, they use “hyperboles, imperatives and slogans” It might change how the way we think by looking at the ad but it depends on how they use those techniques but I know that it won’t be too emotional like the poem.

In conclusion, I think both Poem and advertisement have good techniques in a different way which will change peoples feeling. It is hard to choose with is good or bad because it always depends on the situation. But overall, Poem is a great way to tell a massage to  someone because you can be creative and open-minded more then just saying boring words.

Practice before the performance

This time i didm’t use the record that our teacher gave us because this part everyone was also ばらばら and汚い. I think Im okay with this section but I should play my left hand more stronger during the performance.

Overall, I am excited about the performance this week and I will show how much we all practice hard all together and like semester oneでやってきたことを全部出し切る.

Koto Homework

I think I should practice more of the last bit because I kind of struggled and by listening to the record that our teacher gave us was kind of hard to listen while i am playing the section that I need to practice. To be honest by listening to record that our teacher gave us.. everyone is not together and everyone is plying a different part. To be positive about my video, I also struggle when it become to the hadaka place and everytime 五回 count するの忘れちゃう, But in this video I tried to count 5 times and then do 九十十一etc..

Koto homework before the performance

I think in this section, I’m doing pretty good but sometimes my tumei slips so I get the wrong tune sometimes. In this section I was trying to make the sukui part more softly and even. On the other hand I was trying to make a clear sound. When I listened to it.. some parts the sukui was not even and some bits are soft and hard to listen.