I have learned Guzheng for almost four years. My current teacher is very good and has a patience with me (like really a lot of patience because my music talent simply sucks). However, starting from Level 8, it has been getting really difficult for me. I always make fun out of my left and right coordination – apparently, my left and right hands and brain can’t coordinate!
Last week, I began to practice Level 6’s “The Moon in the Sky along with the Stars”. My goal is to play this song at the upcoming CCOM exam in October 2019. After recording my playing, I was really disappointed. The teacher said that the tempo at the beginning of song was played inaccurately. In addition, from the video, I can see that my fingers seemed to be very weak.
I found that if I videotape my practice, I can look back at my posture, tempo, and strength that I play, which is very helpful. Sometimes it is hard to pay much attention while playing. But being able to re-watch my playing is an excellent way to make improvement. By the way, for beginners who are struggling with Yao Zhi, I will write some posts soon to share some tips. I can’t say my Yao Zhi is perfect (not even close), but at least “pass-able” I believe. I had some really difficult time with Yao Zhi but created my own method to overcome it in less than a month.