劇本反色

by Sam Kaiser on January 20, 2016

在中文課我們在寫到一片劇本根據一首歌。我和我的組選的一首歌叫:「我終於失去了你」-趙傳。我們選到這首歌因為我們覺得這首歌有很多的感情和人物我們會用在我們的劇本。我覺得我們寫到一片好意思的劇本,但是我覺得我們沒有寫到很好的中文語法。我覺得是這樣因為我們寫的中文字跟英文語法。我覺得我可以提高我的中文的寫法如果我讀到多本中文書,練習寫中文寫法,和說給我的家人或朋友多在中文。

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Line 120 Reflection

by Sam Kaiser on January 15, 2016

1.  How do you think you did with your performance assessment?  Did you perform as well as you thought you would, or not?

I think that I performed at a satisfactory level for this assignment, but I think I definitely could have played better.  I think that I performed the piece better in my rehearsal process and right before, but I think that I just felt more nervous over the assessment and made a few more mistakes than I should have as a result of that.

2.  If you performed worse than you expected, explain why.  If you performed better than you expected, explain why.

I think I performed worse than I expected because I felt more nervous over this assessment, and I made more mistakes that I think I did in my rehearsal process.  I definitely made more mistakes in terms of note accuracy, because I forgot about some of the accidentals in the music and the key signature, and when I made these mistakes, I rushed to try and correct them which made me play the wrong rhythm, so I had to rush to correct my tempo and rhythm.

3.  Explain your rehearsal process.

My rehearsal process consisted of practicing the piece at slower tempos and slowly increasing it when I felt confident with the previous tempo.  At an intended tempo of 120 (the piece was written in andante), I started at a tempo of 90BPM and made sure I was playing the rhythm and tempo accurately by using the metronome function on GarageBand.  After I felt confident with 90BPM, I moved up to 100BPM, then 110BPM, and then ended up at 120BPM which was the intended tempo of the piece.  After I felt confident with the notes, tempo, and rhythm, I moved into practicing more with dynamics in order to help secure myself a better mark.  I focused on the phrases that used crescendos and decrescendos, especially measures 11-13, where there’s a crescendo from a mezzopiano to a mezzoforte, and then a decrescendo back to a mezzopiano.  I also worked on measures 15-17, because there was a crescendo from mezzopiano to forte.

4.  Which of the following was the most successful: note accuracy, rhythm accuracy, articulation, dynamics, tone quality, breathing/phrasing? Can you explain why?

I think the most successful of these was dynamics, because I think I paid the most attention to it and I think I did well at even adding some dynamics to some phrases that made sense in the piece.  For example, I added subtle crescendos during ascending sections of the piece, and decrescendos during descending sections of the piece, which I think added more of a pleasant and flowing sound in my piece.

5.  Which of the following was the least successful: note accuracy, rhythm accuracy, articulation, dynamics, tone quality, breathing/phrasing?  Can you explain why?

I think that note accuracy was the least successful, because I made a few more mistakes in my playing than I wanted to.  I think that this was because I was nervous when presenting and forgot about some of the accidentals and the key signature when playing.  I did realise this while I was playing and quickly corrected myself, but I still made these mistakes.  I think to improve this I just need to run through the piece more in front of an audience, which would also provide me with some feedback.

6.  How can you specifically (not musicians in general) improve your level of skill in a realistic manner?

I think that my technique of using slower tempos to practice faster pieces is very effective, because it allows me to get used to moving from and between different notes at a slower tempo and practice them, so I feel more comfortable when moving to the intended tempo.  I also think that this technique is very effective after sightreading and practicing the piece at the intended tempo a few times, so you know which sections of the piece you find difficult and need to practice more, and also so you have a good idea of the intended tempo of the piece even when you are practicing at a slower tempo.

7.  Discuss how another musician has inspired you to be more successful (this could be someone in school out in the community, or can be someone who doesn’t even play the same instrument as you).

In the school, I think that my brother Mark has been a big inspiration for me to get involved in the music programs at the school, especially Wind Phil and Symphonic Winds.  Seeing him perform with these bands led me to audition and play for them as well.  Now it’s really interesting to be able to play with him in the same band, so I am able to still receive feedback from him, but also be able to discuss the pieces that we play together.  In a context of my own instrument, a saxophonist that has really inspired me was John Coltrane and his work in the jazz scene.  Jazz has always been something I wanted to explore more with my saxophone, and now my time in the band is allowing me to achieve this.

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