Koto Performance Reflection|Music

At the Koto night, us the 7th graders performed a song called ‘OKOTO’ written by Sawai Hikaru. We have practiced for few months and now I want to reflect on the work I did for this piece.

When I first started to practice the piece, I thought it was a very easy piece to remember, since the first movement was pretty slow and had some simple patterns that repeated along the piece. Then when I tried playing with the koto 2, I thought it was very hard piece to play, since you have to match and synchronize with koto 2 to play the piece. What really helped me when I was practicing alone, was the recording of Sawai Hikaru playing OKOTO. That recording gave me the whole melody of the song with koto 1 and koto 2 combined, and helped me out to synchronize with the koto 2 when practicing together. Thanks to the recording, I was able to play well together with koto 2. Some parts that I can improve is the speed and the tempo I play. Because I listen to the recording a lot, I started to practice play faster than we were supposed to. This I believe caused to speed up the tempo of the whole piece, since I played it fast and the people behind me tried to follow, since I was up at the front. For next time to improve, I will use metronome to keep my pace steady, and when I play, I will always count in my head and not just go with the flow.

Memorizing was for me pretty easy, since ‘OKOTO’ had a lot of repetitive patterns. The patterns were very unique and I was able to memorize all the patterns quickly. One problem I had with memorizing was that it took me a while to know what pattern comes after one. Even if I knew all the patterns, If I don’t know where I need to play them, that does not mean I memorized it. After memorizing the piece, I still made some mistakes since I sometimes forgot what pattern is going to come up next.

In the actual performance, I think we played it confidently and clearly. Some parts we didn’t come into together which made it sound bit unorganized, but when both koto parts were playing, we were very organized and synchronized well and able to play the piece confidently and clearly. I thought everyone playing confidently was a great success, since some parts I made some mistakes by playing the wrong note, but the other students in koto 1 was able to cover up the sound since they were loud and clear. We could’ve worked more on the dynamics, since some parts we forgot about them. I think I should always take notes of the crescendo and decrescendo, so I won’t forget. In the end I forgot to come in, which I thought it was the biggest mistake for me. Since all the koto 1 players were looking at me, they didn’t come in either. I reconsidered that being in the front is a great responsibility and If don’t come in right, no one will, since they are all waiting for me to play. But even though I made that mistake, I was able to go back in quickly without panicking  and we smoothly went back together. Overall I think we did a good job of playing the piece, organizing, and our cooperation to play the piece beautifully.


The piece has a lot of patterns and most them are repeating, so it was very easy for me to play this part of piece. I think I did a pretty good job on switching notes to notes, and underlining the notes on the score helped me a lot understand and play it smoothly. What I have to be careful is that this piece switches a lot with the beats like eight notes to quarter note. I have to pay attention to the beats and not get confused because If I mess up, then koto 2 will mess it up too. I also I have to keep the rhythm because the beat was a bit faster some parts. I will use metronomes to help keep the beat.

1812 Overture|Music

In music class, we each chose a piano song and changed it so we can play it on koto. I chose a part of the song by Tchaikovsky called 1812 Overture.

While arranging the music, I didn’t really come across some problems when making the tuning for the koto. My tuning had no flats or sharps, which made it easier to fit all the notes into the 13 strings. It was had to play when I had a half rest at the very first part, so I used the left hand to fill the rest so I don’t have to count for every rest.

Although my piece had repeating patterns, most of them were disjunct so I had problems with fingers and if I can reach them on time. For example at the fifth measure, when it goes down, its conjunct but, at the sixth measure the part it goes down is disjunct. This might easy to play in the piano, but skipping one string is pretty hard since I was playing that part with the middle finger and I have to play and skip a string smoothy to keep it on rhythm.

The last problem I had is the left hand. The original piece had a lot of parts left and I thought it was too hard to keep up so I gave up and decided to create it on my own. I first tried it out with 1 and 5, which is often used for 合わせ爪 in koto. But it didn’t sound right since the tuning were different. Then I tried 1 and 4, since the melody starts with 8 then 11, and 8 and 11 has 4 notes away, same with 1 and 4. It sounded pretty well and I thought it created a harmony so I used it.

It was my first time rearranging a music piece into a koto piece and I had a lot of fun doing it. Maybe next time I will try to add more of the left hand to make my song more fancy. I will practice more so I can play it without mistaking or stopping.

Jupiter Focus Area | Music

Hello, heres a video of me playing one of the part from ‘Jupiter’

This part was one of the hard parts in Jupiter. This part is slow, but it has a lot of moving fingers across the strings and it was pretty hard to play it smoothly. Like on the last 2 measures, I had to get ready for the next one while playing and I kept on missing the strings. Now I improved a lot since I couldn’t even play those lines but now I even memorized it. I also got better at keeping rhythm, by counting in my head every beat which helps me a lot. One part I can improve is the press. I have to press not too strong because its a weak press, but also I have to press until you can’t hear the sound so you won’t hear the weird sound.

Tsuchi Ningyou

Hello. I played a part of the piece in “Tsuchi Ningyou”

I think I did good on the dynamics and the volume in this performance. I was aware of the decrescendo, crescendo while I was playing it and I think the power really expressed this piece. Another thing I thought I did well was the presses. On the first line I pressed hard as I can so the 13 string and the 14 string sounds the same. I could’ve worked a little more on the beats and rhythms because some parts I rushed and some parts I went very slow. I could fix this by using metronome to help me get the rhythm right and also practice more so I won’t have to slow down to understand the piece. Another thing after looking at this video was I should relax my hands a bit more. I think this would help me play easier and your wrist won’t be tired.

~TUTORIAL plan reflection~| Tech


I want to talk about storyboard and plans because I feel like it.
Lets go.

I think my storyboard meets more than 3 of our class criteria and here is some of them-
John: “Woah woah woah, hold on. Whats class criteria? Does it taste good?
….If you’re just like John, this is the class criteria.

Back to topic, my storyboard meets more than 3 of our class criteria and here is some of them:

First off my storyboard have tips and trick for the audience to understand the step more clearer and get better at doing the step or the tips and tricks help the audience to complete the step. Tips and trick also help you understand hard complicated steps. Also I use labels to show the tips and trick on the screen to show what i’m saying and it also gets attention.

My storyboard also tell which music I will be using for my tutorial video. I think music is a important thing to have in any kind of video because it is boring to watch a video with just you speaking. Adding music can make your tutorial more fun and interesting and also when you have a part where you don’t talk, instead of having a awkward silence you can add a music and make your video more enjoyable for the audience. I also I chose a music which is a creative commons because if its not creative commons, you can’t use it. The music I chose fits the theme of my tutorial a lot and also the music is not from iMovie or GarageBand and this makes your tutorial look more professional.

♪イェーイ ヾ(≧ー≦)ゞ ヾ(_ _)〃 ヾ(≧ー≦)ゞ ヾ(_ _)〃イェーイ♪ My jam for my bread

Theres a lot of other things my storyboard has, but the most important one that makes my tutorial a great tutorial is that my tutorial video has clear steps. If you don’t have a clear steps, it would be hard for the audience to figure out what you are doing and the audience did not come to your video to figure out what you are doing, they came to learn something. I separated my tutorial into 3 steps and to I added some details using tips and tricks. I think that is a good thing because if you have too many steps, its hard to follow and the audience might confused. Also I used labels to show the steps and what we will do on the screens so it will be helpful for audience that listen to the audio and by adding the label, it gets the audiences attention and make them more interested.

Moi story board ( ◔ ౪ ◔)☝

I have a good confidence that my tutorial will be a good one for the audience to watch and learn because I use pictures and fun drawings to catch peoples attention and It makes my tutorial a fun video to watch and it keeps the audiences attention until the end because you don’t want your audience to stop watching half way through. Another thing is that I labels to show the steps and tips & tricks. This really helps the audience to understand better because I think the audience might not listen to the audio (voice over) and they might miss a important step or advices. But if you add words on the screens it makes the audience read and it can help them to understand more clearly. This can help them complete some hard steps too.

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I think to make my tutorial better and better I should practice more and more so I won’t make much mistakes on the real one and if you don’t make mistakes the audience wont get confused of what you are saying. Also you don’t have to try again and again all the time and waste our time.

Friend: Are you meeting the deadline? Me: Uh-yeah! Totally! Friend: Are you even using your timeline plan? Me: …Yes ∑d(‘・ω・`;;;;)

I am very excited to make my own tutorial and I hope I can make a good tutorial that everyone can enjoy and learn easily. I hope you stay tuned for the tutorial video, I will upload it on my youtube channel.


Yamazato no haru- Koto reflection

We’ve been working on a piece called  『山里の春』 (Yamazato no haru) and this is me playing one of the part.

When I played this piece I think I went smoothly. I worked hard on going slow and steady so I won’t make much mistakes. I think I did well at the presses and I managed to let it go after so it won’t make a weird sound. Also I think I did good on the rests and I counted the rests carefully.

I think the grace notes need more work on it so I will work harder on that. I also have work on the accelerando because it wasn’t clear enough. Although I didn’t miss much notes, I missed the rhythm at one part so I will put extra work there.

Anyways thank you for listening.