Confident. Capable. Unflustered. And her tone was pretty good too.
Tomorrow is Opie’s first ever recital.
I think at this point I am significantly more nervous than she is. And I hope it stays that way. Continue reading
Opie will have her first recital in 4 days. I’m realizing we’ve done some good things in preparation, but also wish we had done some things differently.
One of Opie’s bugaboos is rhythm. It’s one of the hardest parts of a piece for her to learn. Thus I search to find better or different ways for her to approach it.
One of my favorites so far is an app called ReadRhythm. Continue reading
Oboe music, all the time, on demand, for free!
Opie went back for a quick second lesson this afternoon. She needed to work on her third recital piece. It’s a piece she chose as a reward: Demons, by Imagine Dragons. She’s been able to play her part for a while, but today was one of the first days she has been able to work with Teacher playing piano accompaniment.
Despite it being late in the afternoon, and into her second hour of playing oboe today, she was focussed and attentive. But the best thing was when she shot me a little smile: “I’ve got this.”
Opie really enjoyed yesterday’s Challenge. She was instructed to do her scales (this week learning F major thirds, plus playing G major thirds and C 2 octaves for speed with metronome) and then to play five to ten of her favorite songs, each twice through.