The most difficult parts of Hiyaku for myself was page 4 line 1 to line 2 measure 2, page 5 line 3, and page 6 lines 1 + 2.

Page 4 line 1 to line 2 measure 2

My strategies for improving this part was to remember my finger placement. In this part, you have to switch your fingers a lot. So, I remember the pattern and which fingers to use. This helped me improve because I remember which pattern goes with which finger. If I still have trouble I just repeatedly played the pattern or section until I got it. I use this strategy often because the more I play the more I remember the pattern. Also, at the start I play slowly and once I get the hang of it I play at a faster tempo.

Page 5 line 3

My strategies for this part is the break down the parts. There are 3 patterns in this line and quickly + smoothly transitioning into one another is important. It all needs to flow naturally. That is why I practiced each pattern and learned how to play it well. Then I moved onto playing the whole thing together. It was pretty simple to play it all together because I knew how to play the patterns well. Also, just like the first one I took it slowly at the start, and then gradually sped up the tempo.

Page 6 lines 1 + 2

There was a lot of movement in this section, which made it hard to play it at one steady speed. For this, I practiced transitioning from line 1 to 2, because I thought that was where I was struggling the most in this part. I made sure that when I got to the last measure I would place my left hand near the six string so I wouldn’t have to panic, and I would be ready beforehand. I often use this strategy where if I can and have time to get ‘ready’ for the next part I do beforehand. It helps me stay with the tempo and not fall behind or get lost.

kimk • February 28, 2016

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