Here are my 3 focus area for our koto piece, ‘Hiyaku’
Focus Area 1: Page 3 line 2 measure 3 to line 4 measure 2
I thought I needed to focus on this part since the rhythm is different from other parts of the piece and I thought it was hard for me to play the note at the right timing. First it is very slow compared to other pages, so I had to count in my head to play the note on time. I focused on counting the beats every time I played this area, since it helped me a lot to play on beat. I also used the metronome to help me keep a steady beat while I was practicing. This helped me a lot for me to remember when to play at what timing.
Focus Area 2: Page 3 line 4 measure 2 to page 4 line 2 measure 2
I thought I needed to focus on this part since this part had a lot of presses and skipping notes while playing. This area one of the hardest thing I thought was switching my fingers to play different parts. I had to be quick on the transition from my thumb to my second finger, and that sometimes made it difficult for me to play the piece fluently. I tried to practice slow at first so I would be able to understand all the finger switches and presses, and then gradually speeding up so I would be able to play this area fluently. Presses were another problem where sometimes its a hard press and some times its a half press. By playing it slow at first again helped me to read my sheet ahead and place my left on the next press.
Focus Area 3: Page 5 line 3 measure 3 to page 6 line 2 measure 5
Since this part is pretty easy for me to play, I tend to play it very fast. To help me slow down at this area, I used a metronome to keep a steady pace for me when I play. By doing this I was able to remember how to play the area slow and steady. I also broke and highlighted the parts I easily get fast and tried to be extra careful at those parts not to play fast. One of them is line 3 measure 1 and 2, where all I just do is go down from 12 to 7. Because its so easy, I tend to speed up but I tried extra aware of not playing too fast. Also by both listening to the metronome and counting in my head works very well too, since my brain would remember the correct beat and rhythm.