Wednesday, February 17, 2010
It's been a spotty piano year for Fiona. Her teacher was away for most of December and January, and then we missed lessons in early February due to our travels. Practicing was also very spotty, and impossible while we were away. But Fiona was still keen to perform on last weekend's recital, despite the lack of preparation time and coaching. She played a piece that is easily within her grasp, if not quite totally there. The plan is that this will be one of her four Music Festival selections in April. I was blown away by her pedaling. Pedaling is a very new skill for her. In the first 2/3 of this piece, where she is quite secure with the notes, her pedaling was dynamite! She hasn't really worked on it much -- it just seems intuitive to her.
For anyone wondering about the pedal box, it's an older version of one being carried by cpsimports. We've been reasonably happy with it. It's not as easy to use as pedals, and it's a pig to transport around, but it is much better than nothing and works reasonably well.