Mark Bacon wrote:On repeating a course...or more specifically, which level we students should be enrolled in at all. It's just my opinion, but I think a vast majority of Delcamp students (well, except for the D01 beginners) miss one critical point when they try to figure out what level they should be in-and that is the fact that you are to submit a performance of 1-4 pieces after just ONE WEEK. ...
Good thoughts, Mark, and I do agree with you. However, if you'll be able to post a decent version after one week, what are you going to do for the remaining 3 weeks?
Mark Bacon wrote:One caveat though that I've found during my D04 repeat, you'll tire of the pieces much more quickly.
It might be because of repeating the course, but I suspect that the real reason may be (and this is based on my own personal experience) that one will reach a plateau with any piece, and the piece may not be nearly perfect at that point. You simply don't know where to take the practice from where you're standing now, and keep repeating it with the same mistakes and all. And that's when you grow tired with the piece, and want to change. Now when repeating the course, and knowing the pieces (somewhat at least) already, you'll just plateau with them quicker than before.
Getting back to that one week rule, I've always felt it's good if you tend to have reading mistakes, so that others can point out incorrect rhythmic patterns, wrong notes etc. But other than that, a week can mean just a couple of hours practice time (including warmups and technical exercises), or it can mean 20 hours of practice time, and anything in-between. Therefore I wouldn't take the rule too literally, but post when you think you're ready to post, and especially if you feel you need the feedback from others to continue working with the pieces. I don't see a reason to post a recording other than to complete the requirements for the exam / catch up, if you simply haven't had the time (or motivation) to work with the piece, and the recording would simply be a misrepresentation of how you think the piece should be played. It's all very much common sense. We're here to give each other second opinions regarding our work, because we tend to listen to our own playing in a different way than others'. For me it's much harder to hear my own playing as a whole than other people's playing. I tend to listen to my own playing at very detailed level, where any small buzz tends to ruin the whole recording. When listening to others play, I don't really notice few isolated buzzes, unless I'm listening for them specifically.
In my opinion a better rule (for me at least) would be to make an initial post after 2 weeks, leaving another 2 weeks to polish and incorporate feedback from others. Or to work with and possibly post non-required pieces, if you want to.