For this playing test, I think I did well on both the piece and the scale. I had good note accuracy and rhythm accuracy, good tone, and an appropriate tempo.
However, I did rush a bit at the end of the piece. I practiced this piece often, however I did not practice with a metronome as often as I should’ve. Next time, to stabilise my tempo, I will practice regularly with a metronome. Along with this, I will work on my articulation. I need to work on making an audible difference between regular 8th notes and staccato 8th notes. At a fast enough tempo, it is hard to discern between the two, but at the tempo I was going at it should’ve been easier to tell the difference between the two (when they are played correctly). Finally, I will improve my chromatic scale. I will work on fluency by improving my fingering; something that I struggled to remember and ended up messing up on the transition from G# to G. In order to improve fluency, I will practice chromatic scale daily and focus on playing slowly before playing quickly, so as to focus on fingering rather than jumping into playing super quickly. However, I noticed that I have improved my breath and embouchure a lot since my last playing test which is something I am happy about and hope to continue to improve.
I was good in my understanding of different theory concepts, however I often made careless errors (i.e., miscalculating the # of semitones to move up, accidentally adding an accidental, forgetting to add the correct note value to a note while transposing).
I feel as though I should work on transposition. I had trouble counting out the steps from one note to its transposed position and I think that this is a skill that could come with practicing transposition. Along with this, my knowledge in general of the different instruments that are in each key (Eb, Bb, F) is limited. I remembered that F horn is P5 up from its concert pitch, and Bb instruments are M2 up, however I forgot that Bb tenor sax is not the saxophone that goes up an octave from its concert pitch, and along with that forgot how to transpose an Eb baritone.
I have, however, improved my knowledge of figured bass. I did not understand most of the material when we first learned it, however I feel that I was able to answer and understand the figured bass questions given to us on the test.