I feel that Roku Dan has been going very well for me. Currently, I feel confident with the first dan, second dan, and a bit of the third dan. My three goals to practice was:
- The first technique in the first 2 measures of 3rd dan. This was a difficult area for me because I never encountered this special technique and takes lot’s of practicing to perfect. I practiced the end of 2nd dan into the first 2 measures of 3rd dan repeatedly for over 15 minutes, and it’s safe to say I feel much more comfortable with this section then before.
- The second thing I wanted to work on is the accuracy and evenly strumming. During my videos, I’ve noticed that in certain sections I am not consistent with the strums of the strings. Meaning that in some parts, I would play really quiet (not on purpose) and then on other sections, I’d play really hard. The way I practiced this section was tape a video of me playing each section, and analysing each part to see the consistency of the strums so I could work on it to become better.
- The final thing I wanted to work on was the dynamics in general. This piece includes a variety of different dynamics, and it is crucial to make sure that I include every single one. The dynamics really bring out the melody and the beautiful sound. Like my second technique, I videoed my 1,2,3 dan and analysed each section to make notice the parts where the dynamics are slacking and I tried my very best to improve that part.