Ornamentation in Baroque Era Part II

1. Trills Trills are more or less rapid and an unmeasured alteration between a main note and an upper auxiliary tone and semitone above. In the 16th century and early 17th century, trills optionally begun with its main note, or its upper auxiliary note, fulfill its melodic function. When it has a harmonic function, it... Continue Reading →

Ornamentation in Baroque Era – Part I

1.  Appoggiatura The Appoggiatura (Ital. appogiare, to lean) is an auxiliary note, more or less stressed and commonly (although not necessarily) dissonant to the harmony where it resolves. An appoggiatura is a dissonant essentially both of melody and harmony in structure, which acts as a suspension, except it does not require to be prepared. When... Continue Reading →

Precision Matters

For more complex music repertoires, students are often puzzled with the complexity of accuracy. No matter how many technical drills and how much repetition a student practices the student still has trouble in achieving the desired precision. Here are some thoughts to ponder upon that a student may contemplate: 1. Mental Responsiveness and ability to... Continue Reading →

Ornamentation

Historically Baroque Ornamentation was without notation but of improvisatory tradition. Ornamentation was increasingly popular later but never completely replaced by notation. The notation was commonly completed but was not always capable of sounding complete in performance; the composer, mainly obligatorily supplied the figuration. The more or less improvised ornamentation was chiefly through the influence of... Continue Reading →

5 Things that Help Memorisation

Have you ever experienced that for most of the repertoires that you learnt during your youth to your adolescence, you are still able to play them from memory well into adulthood? Yet, it takes twice or thrice as much to learn and memorise a repertoire in your adulthood. This is because during our youth, we... Continue Reading →

Dances of the Suite for the Baroque Era

Dances of the Suite for the Baroque Era Choosing and playing the appropriate tempos for the Dances of the Suite in the Baroque Era is crucially important; however, performers need to be aware of the differences between French and Italian Baroque music. French music was much more conservative than Italian music, having preserved Renaissance musical... Continue Reading →

I Can’t Gain Speed

This frustration is all too familiar to many pianists, beginners and experienced alike. Perhaps Many believe that, as long as they persist with repetitions, the ability to play faster will eventually develop. Others become disheartened and consider giving up their lessons, convinced that they will never sufficiently improve! Those who persevere begin to understand that... Continue Reading →

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