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Middle school Spring concert reflection

June4

Yesterday we, koto group had a spring performance at night. I came to school early to practice koto or during lunch time just in case. I also asked questions to my friends and they taught me the place I was stuck. I practice once a week about an hour.  I think my preparation before the koto concert was okay. I had some struggles but overall at the performance I did my best and I think I showed  the audience I practiced well.

The challenges I had in this piece was there were a lot of presses in different places. I had trouble finding the 5 line but during the practice, I got used to it. Also, I had trouble memorizing the music but guess what I memorized it the day when we had performance. To be honest, I am proud of myself.

I was nervous before the performance, but I came to practice in the morning and during lunch, therefore my emotions calmed. I had  some injury to my legs and sitting down on the ground was actually hard, but I prefer sitting on the ground more than using a stand 😛 I was able to perform nicely and I am proud of myself and my mom as well. I would give myself a 8 out of 10, because I practiced hard and the performance was better than my practice. On the other hand I had some mistake so I would give myself a 8 out of 10.

As a group synchronization and making people all one is hard. If someone is fast then others will go fast as well Its called influence. I learned that it is important to listen to other people while playing koto and looking to the person next or in front of you if you are in a right melody. Overall being middle school and being in this koto group was really fun and i enjoyed every moment with all of these people. For us, some people are leaving, some people are taking another class and this is our last performance in middle school and with 16 people. I am excited for high school next year.

 

 

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Hikaru Umi

May19
three sections in Hikaru Umi where you feel that you need extra attention.
  • I need to be aware of half press and full press.
  • When I need to move 3 and 8 up or down
  • Mf, F or P

I need extra time on working on page 5 line 1 and page 7 line 4 measure 2. For page 7 line 4 measure 2 when i am really focused and if I don’t get lost and I easily do this but not 100%.

2. Write two sentences for each section, about what you need to work on and how you are practicing it.
In this music piece,  I need to work on getting the right notes for page 3 line 1 measure 4. I get mix up after I do the おしfor 5 ans then I have to do it again. Also, I need to work on page 6 line 1 measure 1 because I need to move the 3 down while I’m playing other notes. If I don’t move the notes right there the 2nd measure I need to make the 8 down, so I need to be prepare myself and my hand to move these 2 notes.  Finally, my 3rd thing I need to work on in this piece is half press and full press. I need to work on presses because it won’t sound nice if the press is not good.
I decided to circle these section really big and with colors pencil to get attention to my eye while playing. On the other hand, I will practice these when I have free time and do the same place X2 time.
3. After you have practiced, take a video of yourself playing one of the sections.

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4. Upload the video, and include the comments for your three sections (about what you are  working on and how you are practicing them).

If you listen carefully, I think my press is kinda weak. sometimes my press is okay but others its to much or less. So I need to control it and while I was playing this I made a mistake about the  notes so i should look at my music really carefully and follow them. In my opinion I think this is not that bad. 😛 but still I need to work on it.

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♢Reflection of Go away ♢

April23

In music class, we worked on making a pop song into small groups. I was with Amane and Lisa. We all had a role and I worked on making the lyrics and the melody. Amane worked on writing the chords and a Piano person. Lisa helped me with writing the lyrics and the structure.

First of all, we all decided to come up with the chords and the theme.Our theme was a love song but it was hard so, we changed it into a heartbreak song.  Our first chords wereEfat but then after a month we changed into A minor.  Out the scale we are using A.B.C.D.E.F.G.A. Melody: I think melody was the hardest part in our group. It wasn’t easy to write one but tink our melody was catchy and kind of dark and bright at some point. Then we worked on our lyrics. I think lyrics was kind of easy then making the chords and melody. Lisa and I worked on it together and we made the lyrics depressing and we thought about the girl’s perspective.  We also used some lyrics from the ” Thinking out loud” and “I’m not the only one” by sam smith and ed Sheeran. I think the melody and the lyrics fit in well and it was dynamic as well.  These 2 songs also related to our songs which we thought we can use some and arrange it into our own words. The tone of the music changes when it comes to the main chords. Our cords was:

Make it go away

Make the pain go away

I’ll just cut my hair

Let the ashes turn grey

ohhhh~

Finally the structure, structures are very important because the song is the way in which its sections have been arranged, usually with repetition, to create the total work.

I think our group pretty much did well on making a song. we had some problems changing the chords and the theme but after all we finished and performed really well. The impression we have as a group is Amane, Lisa and I, we all worked on our jobs and helped each other if needed. I think we had a great teamwork even though we should have 4 people in ourgroup but one person didn’t participate at all. Even if we had these problems as I said before we finished this unit really well. In my opinion, I think the melody was attractive and catchy to listen. The lyrics grabbed people’s feeling and you can tell she was really depressed and don’t know what to do. For example: “The proof is in the way, it hurts” She just needs to face the truth. “As the chapters start to close” Her love life is over now because her boyfriend cheated on her. These lyrics are actually really deep. Overall, I think it was hard making a pop song but it was fun and now we can finally work on our koto pieces.

 

 Hope you enjoy it XD 

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Winter Koto Concert Reflection

December12

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.

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Practice before the performance

December7

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.

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Koto Homework

December7

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..

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Koto homework before the performance

December7

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.

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Koto Homework 5

October19

next time I should improve playing this part more strongly because some places its kinda soft because my finger hurts XD So I think my 4th finger should be stronger to play this part more loud.

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koto homework 4

October19

I think this part is なめらかand I played really well. I like this part the best because I like the beat and they rhythm 🙂 Next time I can improve by adding like someplace will be soft and some part playing loudly. ( conjunct?)

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Koto home work 3

October19

I think this is the hardest part because you repeat this a lot and sometimes I get confused 😛 I also mistake the notes because I get confused but i think In this video I played really well even though I scurried up

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