This unit in Music we have been studying soundtracks. We studied many different soundtracks and found how each had a different feel to them to fit different themes in the movies they were used in. For the Spring concert we have decided to learn and perform Hedwings Theme from the movie Harry Potter.
To learn Hedwings Theme, first I listened to the original to get to see what kind of feel it had to it, how it was supposed to fit in with the movie. After listening few times I thought it was quite soft and gave a bit of a mysterious feel. This helped me know how to play it while performing; to play a bit softly and mysteriously. I practiced by first playing the chords many times to get my hands to learn them so I could play it more smoothly. After learning my part so it was pretty smooth I found a friend who was playing the melody and tried to play the chords along with them so they go along. I did this to try to feel more comfortable when playing with others.
However I still have trouble playing in time when with the group, I tend to lose track where I am and mistake the rhythm. I feel like to improve not losing my place in rhythm when playing with the whole group, first I need to improve my rhythm. To do this when practicing on the piano alone, I could use a metronome to make sure my playing is on rhythm. After doing this a few times, I could turn of the metronome and try to count the beats myself, so that my mind can remember the rhythm exactly. Another thing I could do to improve is practice playing with another student. By playing with them, it would help me get the feel of playing with another person and make sure my rhythm is accurate.
I hope that by Spring Concert I will be able to play in tempo with the group and play softly.