I have been playing the Koto for about 7 months. It has been an amazing opportunity to learn how to play this wonderful instrument. I have learned so many things such as how to work in a group and self reliance, remembering to practice and memorizing the piece.
It was very important to me to try my best whenever I do something new. To prepare for the performances I practiced very hard. The most effective practicing technique I used was repetition. Playing the most difficult sections over and over multiple times really helped me memorize and correctly learn the piece.
I feel that I prepared very well for the performances but there were definitely ways I could improve. I feel that I should have practiced with Koto 2 ( the second part ) because during the real performance I became lost once or twice becuase I didn’t know what the other Koto part was playing. If I practiced with the other group, it would have been easier to perform.
Overall I feel that this past performance our group did very well. Even though we did go much faster than we practiced, we stayed together and ended well. We only had about four weeks to get this piece together so I feel very proud about how we played. For myself, I felt very good about my performance. I only forgot one part but I was able to catch up and continue without making further mistakes. For next time I think I will perform in front of my parents and siblings to get more comfortable because I get very nervous while playing in front of other people.
I am very glad that I chose to join Japanese Koto class because this is a once in a life time chance to learn such an amazing instrument. I hope that as I continue to learn the techniques I will gain a better knowledge and will be able to play the Koto very well and correctly.