In-Depth #7 Cooking My Menu (Final Post)

Recently, I cooked and served the menu I planned in its entirety to my parents. In this post, I’ll show pictures of each dish and some thoughts I had after I finished serving all my dishes.

Menu

Here’s my complete and finalized menu:

The Dishes

Antipasti

Minestrone Soup

Insalata

Caesar Salad

Frommagi

Fried Mozzarella

Palate Cleanser

Lime Mint Sorbetto (It slightly melted before I remembered to take a photo)

Pasta

Brown Butter Sage Gnocchi

Il Secondo

Osso Bucco

Dessert

Tiramisu

Thoughts

Immediately after I finished cooking all these dishes, I felt incredibly tired, but at the same time, also incredibly proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished. I was able to achieve an even more ambitious version of my original goal in the same time frame of 5 months, I was able to cook 7 different dishes and serve them all during the same dinner, and I successfully planned each dish out so that the menu would synergize well together. Through this experience, I also learned that cooking this many dishes at the same time is very exhausting and my respect for those working in the food industry has skyrocketed as they do this basically every single day. I am also very thankful for my parents who assisted me in cooking all these dishes.

And that’s a wrap on my project this year! I’m super happy with what I was able to accomplish this year for my project, as I was originally worried I wouldn’t be able to achieve my original goals due to how ambitious they were. I’m also really grateful to my mentor for being there to help me along the way, as without his help, I would’ve not been able to improve as much as I did at cooking.

Thank you for reading,

Dylan

In-Depth Post #4 2022

Hello and welcome back to my blog. This post will focus on my chess in-depth project.

Progress Report

Since my last post I have accomplished my goal of completing the “Opening Principles” unit on chess.com, and I have begun the “Winning the Game” unit, covering the lesson on the 4-move checkmate. Additionally, I have continued playing chess frequently on the rapid setting on chess.com, reaching my goal of getting a 230 rating.

Chess terms

In my last post, I said I wanted to explore the chess terms section on chess.com in the upcoming weeks. I did some research on the terms blunder, bad bishop, and backward pawn. Here is what I learned about each term and how each one was able to improve my understanding of the game.

Blunder

After every game you play, chess.com gives you a full analysis of your game. In the analysis, there is always a section called a blunder. I never fully understood what it meant so I decided to do some research.

Definition: In chess, a blunder happens when a player makes a move that negatively affects their position in a significant way. As a result, it can often cause a player to lose material or be checkmated. A blunder gives the opponent a great advantage.

It is important to recognize blunders, as a single blunder can turn a game around. Avoiding these errors is an essential step to winning more games, and it is the main difference between beginners and more advanced players. Unfortunately, though, no one is blunder-proof. Even professional chess players make game-losing moves from time to time.

Now that I know what blunders are, I can better understand the game analysis chess.com provides, and improve from my mistakes.

Bad Bishop

Definition: A bad bishop is a bishop that is blocked by its own pawns, making the number of squares it controls very low. There is a relationship between the pawn structure and the strength of a bishop: if most of your pawns are on light squares, then the light-squared bishop can be restricted (the same is true for dark-squared bishops and pawns on dark squares). If you have just one bishop, you should try to place your pawns on the squares of the opposite colour of your bishop. If you do this, then you can control squares of both colours, and your bishop can move more freely.

Bad Bishop - Chess Terms - Chess.com

Example: the black bishop on b7 is considered a bad bishop because it is blocked by its own pawns.

The ability to recognize bad bishops is very important. If you have this ability, then you can try to avoid having bad bishops in the first place. Additionally, it will help you be more aware of your opponent’s pieces and when you can take advantage of their bad pieces.

Since learning about bad bishops, I have been noticing them a lot more in my games and striving to avoid getting them. I have become more strategic in the placement of my pawns in accordance with my bishops.

Backward Pawn

Definintion: A backward pawn is a pawn that has no support from other pawns (because they have advanced ahead of the backward pawn or because they no longer exist). A backward pawn cannot advance freely without being captured and almost always supports another pawn on an adjacent file.

Backward pawns are important for strategical reasons, mainly because they are a weakness in pawn structure, which can be targeted and attacked. In general, you want to avoid creating backward pawns for no reason as you are creating a target for your opponent to attack! Similarly, it is important to know what backward pawns are so that in the event that your opponent creates one, you can plan to attack this pawn.

Reading this article gave me a slight introduction to pawn structures. Previously, I wouldn’t think too much about how my pawns were protecting one another, however that changed after reading this article. In the upcoming week, I plan on doing some more research on pawn structures

Goals

I will continue my lessons on chess.com and progress in the “Winning the Game” unit. Additionally, I want to do some research on specific chess openings and defenses like the Italian Game, Sicilian Defense, and French Defense. Lastly, on chess.com I want to read the article on pawn structures and examine a few of the popular ones.

I will continue to play chess on the rapid setting and I hope to bring my rating up to 335 by the next post.

Mentor Questions

1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

Honestly, the most difficult challenge has been finding times when we could meet that worked for both of us. My mentor is quite busy so setting up meetings took some effort.

2. What is working well? Why?

In my previous post, I mentioned that I wanted to write a list of questions prior to meeting with my mentor to help guide our meetings more. For our past two meetings, I created a list of questions. These lists not only helped guide our meetings but they also allowed me to remember very specific questions that came up while I was playing chess online. The questions I began asking were a lot more insightful and specific. I think I will continue creating these lists as they only improved the quality of our meetings.

3. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens?

Truthfully, our meetings have been going really well. Our discussions are really meaningful, and I retrieve a lot of good information from them. The games we play are fun, and I also learn a lot from them. My experience only grows when I play with my mentor. Currently, there isn’t anything that I believe could be improved.

Thanks for reading my in-depth post, see you in the next one.

In-Depth Post #6

Blog Post #6

In the last two weeks, I didn’t practice any new skills however spent time trying to refine the skills I learned in previous weeks, so I don’t have as much to say, just go over what I practiced and what went well. I went out with my friend Greg to get some photos of the trail he built and of him riding the jumps. This was the first time that I tried taking photos of jumps because they’re much harder to time and require a much faster shutter speed to capture. On top of that, I tried taking a few still shots to show off the trail which I’ll include even though they aren’t action photography. I went into the shoot with no expectations but came out pleasantly surprised with the turnouts. I also focused on trying to include as much greenery as possible to add more depth of field to the photo and make it more interesting. Finally, the day we went was brighter than previous days and in a more open area which let me use a much faster shutter speed.

This first photo I took was simply of the trail sign with the trees and sky in the background, and again, the blog site significantly reduces the image quality. I like the colours in the photo and how everything in the background is out of focus, making the focal point on the trail sign and the center tree. Also, because there was no moving subject, I ran a much slower shutter speed around 1/40 of a second, which let much more light into the camera. It’s hard to tell from the blog but that made a noticeable difference with the graininess of the photo after photoshop.

With this second photo, it was supposed to be more of a lifestyle/behind-the-scenes type of photo while showing off the jump at the same time. As with the first shot, there was no moving subject, so I ran the shutter speed slow for more light. I also used a deeper depth of field so that the takeoff and landing would be in focus as well as Greg and the trees. Finally, in photoshop I gave the photo a warmer tone to bring some more attention to Greg and the jump as opposed to the trees.

In the third photo, I wanted to bring more attention to the forest than to the subject. I did this by using a deeper depth of field on the camera and increasing the vibrance and using a green filter in photoshop. Because he was moving in this photo, I had to run a much faster shutter speed, because of how open it was I was able to do 1/700 of a second which completely froze him. This also made the photo a little grainier because I had to use ISO and photoshop to compensate for the lack of light.

In the fourth and fifth photos, I wanted to make the attention more on Greg as it was a bigger jump, and he was putting more style into it. For both, I got as low to the ground as possible to make the jump look more like its real size and keep trying until I got the perfect timing. This was difficult because my camera doesn’t have a good burst mode, so I was trying to time it perfectly with a single shot. I also learned that 1/700 was faster than needed so I did a 1/500 shutter speed so that I could get more light and have the photo come out more clearly. In photoshop I brightened both photos and increased the vibrance to make the whole photo stand out more.

Finally, this was my favorite photo from the day, I find that it does a good job of focusing on the rider while also telling a story of the surroundings. I followed the rule of thirds to divide the photo into 1/3 is the subject and 2/3 is the surroundings. I also love how you can only see the takeoff of the jump and it almost looks like he’s jumping into the forest. I spent a while trying to find an angle where I could pull that off and hide the dirt as my mentor told me in our last meeting. For shutter speed, I used 1/400 of a second but I wish I used a faster one as the freeze isn’t perfect however it’s not noticeable without looking really closely. In photoshop I zoomed in on the photo more for the rule of thirds, increased the brightness, and vibrance, and gave it a green filter to make the forest stand out more. With this photo, I just wish the shutter speed was slightly faster and the photo was a little brighter.

For my in-depth night presentation, I want to present on stage and show a few photos, and talk about them. What I was thinking was showing a couple of photos on the projector from the very start of the project then a couple of my favorite photos from the end. I’ll talk about what it took to get from the first photos to the end. I’ll say why they’re better, what’s different about them and how I achieved the progression. I will try and take some more photos before my presentation so it’s hard to say exactly what will be better about the newer photos but some of the main points will be, shutter speed, depth of field, angle, and color filter. To prepare for the night, I will take some more photos probably similar to the ones included in this post, and prepare a tentative script of what to say.

Overall, In-Depth this year has been great, there were some hurdles to get over at the start however throughout the project everything started to work out. I progressed at my topic a lot faster than I thought I think mainly due to photography class in the first semester and having strong ideas of what I wanted to shoot thanks to my love for the sport. Even though the project is technically over, I will have a few more meetings to wrap up with my mentor. I will also for sure be continuing to take photos as I find it relaxing, and enjoyable and it’s awesome to see people happy with the photos I get of them. There’s also a few more skills I want to work on in my own time that I didn’t get the chance to yet.

-Ronan

In-Depth Blog Post #6

Where am I right now?

In the time period between this blog post and the previous blog post, I think that one of the biggest factors that has improved is simply my overall game awareness and ability in the game. I had talked with a lot of my friends asking how I could improve at volleyball, and a lot of them thought that a major factor holding me back was not technique, but rather experience. While this is not to say that my technique is perfect, I understand that just playing more volleyball (not necessarily focusing on a singular field) will definitely help me and my ability in the sport.

I will now use these next two paragraphs to gush about a particular play that I had made at a Pinetree drop-in that had surprised everyone watching. We were running 4v4 waves where there are four people on each side of the court (one front-row as a setter, and three back-row as receivers/hitters), and I was the setter on the receiving side. My job as the setter was to get the second touch of the ball and set it to a position so that the attacker could comfortably hit it into the enemy side of the court. As the opponent’s server was serving, someone on our side was ready to receive the ball and received it. However, he did not get it directly to me and got it a few meters away from me. In the time that the ball was still in the air, I ran towards it and jumped. In the air, I had set it to the hitter (who was behind me) and they had hit it directly into the enemy court.

Note that the hitter was the supervisor who always attends these drop-in events. Setting in the middle of the air is a common move in volleyball known as “jump sets,” and setting to someone behind you is known as a “back set.” These moves are not particularly rare as people who are good at volleyball pull them off pretty frequently. However, I am still practicing volleyball and that set was easily the best play I have made so far in my career. Even the supervisor (who had been to all the drop-ins I have been to and who seems to be watching my growth closely) had mentioned that that was the best set he had seen from me ever, and the best set that he had gotten in the past two weeks. Unfortunately, the friend that I had brought to the drop-in (Lucas) was getting ready to serve and did not see my set…

This set has given me a great gauge of my comfort on a volleyball court and I think that, after pulling that move off, I got the best idea of my general skill level I could possibly get. I truly think that if I practice hard enough over the summer I may be able to join the senior boy’s volleyball team next year for the school.

In other news, May is supposed to be the month of serving. I have gotten my friend Lucas to take videos of me serving (which will be shown in the “proof I am making progress” section of the blog post), and I also got a video of me setting Lucas. I genuinely think that I am improving and I am very happy with my progress. Also, I have been doing many leg exercises recently to try to get my vertical jump higher. I did not have it measured in a very reliable way, but from what I can tell, my vertical jump has gotten at least an inch higher than before.

About my mentor / In-Depth night

I am continuing to spend time playing volleyball with my mentor. However, now that summer is coming up, there are going to be fewer indoor practices and more outdoor beach volleyball sessions will be held. I will try to attend as many of these as possible as they tend to be held directly after school hours (many of them have been held at 4 PM), which is a great opportunity for me to get some food and go to play with them.

Regarding the upcoming In-Depth night, I may do one of two ideas: I will either set up a net in the field and demonstrate my abilities there (serving, setting, receiving) or I will set up a net in the gym and do the same thing there. If I want to set up a net in the gym (which would be favourable as the weather is unpredictable), I will have to talk with a P.E. teacher to see if I can get permission to do that. If not, I will see if I can borrow a net from a friend to set up in the field. I do think that it may be a bit difficult as I will be the only one there actually playing. Of course, if anyone who would like to see my progress has volleyball experience, we could try playing together to demonstrate my abilities.

Proof that I am making progress

First, here is a video of me serving a volleyball over the net.

That was a normal serve. In this next video, I toss the ball a bit differently and hit it with different momentum.

Finally, here is a video of me setting someone (so I am not the one hitting, I am the one standing beside the net).

Issues that I am running into

I am still not running into any issues, whether it is with my technique or being able to practice enough. I am currently satisfied.

Moving forward

I will continue practicing volleyball as much as possible by attending volleyball drop-ins and practices, as well as beach volleyball sessions when the weather is good.

In-Depth 2022 Post #6

Progress Report

Since my last post, I’ve been working on more expansive, landscape composites. These composites involve combining parts of multiple photos into one. For a simple example, taking an image of a mountain with a sunny sky, and replacing the sky with a cloudy sky from another image. I wanted to experiment with some of the techniques from this YouTube channel called PhaseRunner: https://www.youtube.com/c/PhaseRunner, who makes a lot of these types of artworks.

My first idea was a desert landscape from Aladdin, with the cave of wonders as the main subject. This was was my sketch:

I tried to add some originality in the scene with the elevated cave. The character on the left is a sorcerer searching for the cave. Although the sketch looked good to me, I struggled with the editing. I decided to quit the project because I didn’t think I would be able to make it work. This is what I got done:

I had a lot of problems with this piece, I think because I didn’t plan out the editing well. The images I used for the desert were too different, which made the entire landscape look a bit off. I didn’t put lots of consideration into perspective, so I had to use a lot of warp on the images of the mountain (below the cave), the city in the horizon, and some of the deserts. Although probably doable, it’s very difficult to make inconsistent images match, especially for a learner like me. I should have spent more time looking for the matching images. For the cave, I couldn’t find good pictures of a roaring lion at the right perspective, so I decided to use shadows to create the cave myself. I think it turned out decent, but it took me a lot of time, which was the main downside of creating it without an image. Overall, the composite didn’t give off the expansive feeling I was going for. The landscape looked small and unimpressive.

Following this project, I brainstormed another idea: a rocky valley with gemstones, a leaking giant cauldron, and three travellers. This was inspired by a videogame I played. This time, I decided to use Photoshop to sketch my idea because it would be more convenient to reference while editing. This was my sketch:

I spent a lot of time trying to look for good images to create the landscape. I tried putting a lot of different images together for this composite, but nothing stuck. However, I had good, high-quality images for the individual item/subjects (cauldron, shield, gems, travellers). I didn’t try editing this project. This was the best I could do with the landscape:

After the previous two unsuccessful projects, I decided to be more easy on myself and only use one image for the landscape. My idea was a mountain with tentacles climbing out of the ground, in a thunderstorm. My inspiration was from the Kraken sea monster. Instead of creating my own landscape, I first found the landscape I wanted to use, and sketched my idea on top. Here’s the sketch:

I’m not finished the composite yet, but I’ve got the important parts done. It doesn’t look amazing, but I think it’s a good start. I didn’t follow everything in my sketch. I cut out the faded mountains in the back, so I didn’t include the eye and the background tentacles. In the edit, I added a plane and some lightning to make the storm more convincing and spice up the image. I’m not planning to include the holes on the side of the mountain anymore, but I’m still planning to add some gooey liquid dripping from the tentacles. This is the project so far:

For this project, I also finally started using custom brushes. In Photoshop, custom brushes are used for manually painting parts of an image. For example, there are brushes for grass, hair, fur, clouds, smoke, etc. I looked for and found some great free brush packs online. In this composite, I used a cloud brush to paint some extra clouds, and will be using a grass brush to make the hole in the mountain more realistic.

As always, I’ve kept up with watching and learning new techniques from different channels. Some techniques work for me, while others don’t. I’ve also done lots of experimenting myself with different ways of doing the same job, and seeing which method makes the best result, or the one I find best. After I’m finished the “Kraken in mountain” project, I’m want to try creating realistic Pokemon, inspired this channel, Benny: https://www.youtube.com/c/BennyProductions which I’ve been watching since the start of my in-depth. This is a video of his edits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99tbYzI0cv4&t=526s. This is super different from my previous projects again, so I might struggle a bit. Hopefully, I’m able to create something I’m happy with.

In-Depth Night

For In-Depth Night, I’ll be creating a poster board gallery with all my final projects printed. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to show my skill (Photoshopping) live, because my laptop can’t run Photoshop well, and the screen is too small. The gallery will capture and show the progress I’ve made throughout these 5 months, and also display the different types of projects I’ve learned to create. The audience will be able to ask questions about my projects like, how I made them, my inspirations for making them, or other questions about Photoshop.

Sixth In-Depth Blog Post [2022]

Welcome to my sixth and final regular In-Depth blog post! I am in the final stages of my project and I could not be happier that I chose to do the topic that I did. Today I will be outlining briefly my plans for my final presentation and giving a small progress report before the last stretch. 

For my final in-depth presentation, I will be presenting all of my small projects and my knowledge in a relaxed, conversation-style format with displays around my table. I may be wearing my traditional Palestinian thobe, although I might not as I am outgrowing it and do not want to look like I am claiming that I made it myself. I will be sitting down and doing cross-stitch throughout the night, while I present any of the theoretical knowledge I gained on cultural practices, history and more on small posters around my table. I will answer the questions I am asked about what I learned in the making of each individual piece in order to showcase only the highlights from each one. Each project focused on a different practical skill, from thread tension and basic knowledge on the pattern sampler to stitch neatness on the first bookmark to following patterns on the second and working with waste canvas on the tote bag. I aim to capture a healthy mix of what the medium means to me and other people who have practiced this art with practical skills and techniques that the audience can engage with in their own time.

Recently I have begun working with following patterns rather than just pictures or reference guides. My mentor came into town with tons of gifts of pattern kits, cloth etc and my goal is to work through most or all of what she got me! Here is a picture of the bookmark that I have begun making. It is not traditional tatreez but I tried to incorporate tatreez colour schemes into regular cross-stitch motifs as tatreez patterns specifically are a lot harder to come by than regular cross-stitch ones, and ultimately they develop the same or very similar skills. Honestly, working on this pattern has been pretty hard work as it is not a very linear sort of design to work through. There is a lot of starting, stopping, rotating, trying to determine angles, and directions and skipping squares for stitches.

I also got a gift of Waste Canvas, which allows me to do cross-stitch embroidery on fabrics other than Aida Cloth. You lay this fabric on top of whatever you are going to stitch on, complete your design on the grid and then pull the threads of the waste canvas out one by one. It is really genius actually! I plan to make a tote bag this way.

Thank you for reading my final In-Depth progress post! It has been a journey and I am truly grateful to have been able to share it and nearly complete this incredible project. I look forward to the final stretch!

Last In-Depth Post! #6

Hello,

Welcome to my 7th blog post for my learning progress! For the last couple of weeks, I have been practicing a lot. Here is my update on my progress on the bass guitar so far. This post will be a shorter post than the other ones because it will be my last one.

 

From the two times my mentor and I meet up, he just listened to me play and gave me lots of tips to improve my playing and sounds. With the in-depth night coming up and the mentoring wrapping up, he just wanted to give me his final inputs with me. One tip that David taught me was the “minor steps” (I don’t know the exact name, but this is what he called them). The “minor steps” are used when the song is slow and uses whole notes. This extra makes a smoother transition to the ear. I have posted a video on my YouTube you can check out to hear what “minor steps” sound like.

minor steps

First love/ Late Spring

Zombie

sneak peak!

These are the recordings of my progress so far. Feel free to hop onto my YouTube account to see come recording of me playing the bass guitar.

 

 

For this blog post, I will not be answering any question, I will be telling what I have planned for the in-depth night that is coming up! For the song, I am picking, Mr. Brightside by The Killers. I am choosing this song because it brings be back to me when I have first started learning the bass. I loved to play along songs that had a fast and upbeat tempo, it also had lots of slides and “minor steps”. I think it is cool how a simple song I have learned at the beginning of the progress can turn into an advanced song with different add ins. Even though this song has like a rock, funk type style, I think the mood of the song is valid for the night! I will be presenting this on stage, so I guess all the audience and stand along and listen to me playing the song in front of everybody for 90 seconds.

 

In-Depth Post #6

Welcome to my sixth In-Depth blog post. 

I have been doing a lot of cooking over the last couple weeks. I tried two new recipes called cashew chicken and chicken satay. Cashew chicken was surprisingly simple. It was only a sauce and a few basic ingredients, but combined it formed a delightful dish. The sauce was made with chili paste, fish sauce, soy sauce, and lime juice. We were out of lime juice, so I substituted it for lemon juice which provided similar sour sweetness. The rest of the ingredients were chicken, chopped red pepper, coriander, and roasted cashews. I also added habanero peppers to create some spice. Once I had all the ingredients prepared, I added some oil and garlic to my wok and started stir frying. The end result was a spicy and sweet chicken dish with slightly sour sauce. It was wonderful. The two habaneros I added gave the dish a strong, but not overpowering spice level. 

I continued to practice my plating skills with the cashew chicken. I took a ¾ measuring cup and filled it with cooked rice. I then placed the rice in the middle of the plate and started adding ingredients around it. The plate was not big enough to fit all the food I added to the plate, so the final result was a little crowded. To improve the aesthetics next time, I will add less rice and make the main dish the focal point.  

The second new meal I made was called chicken satay. Chicken satay can be found across Thailand being sold off charcoal stoves near the side of the road. It is a simple meat skewer that packs a lot of flavour. Pork satay is a common substitute for chicken, and it can also be found across Thailand.  

I thought chicken satay only required a couple of chicken breasts and skewers. I was wrong. To make chicken satay, you need to make a complex marinade. As I learned, a marinade is a sauce that meat soaks in to acquire a new or different flavour. When I first attempted to make chicken satay, I was unaware that I had to marinate the chicken. I started cooking at six o’clock and would not have time to properly marinate the chicken, so I made another Thai meal. My first attempt ended in disappointment, but I did not give up. I later made the marinade and let the chicken soak overnight. The next day at about 5 o’clock, I took the chicken out of the fridge to find it completely soaked in marinade. I stuck a few pieces of chicken on each skewer then started to warm up the barbecue. I covered the grill with spray oil and put the skewers in. I let them cook for about ten minutes flipping them occasionally. After that I pulled them off the grill and served them with peanut sauce. 

They were quite flavourful. Allowing them to marinate for 24 hours let the chicken absorb the sauce’s flavour. My only complaint is that they felt like they were missing something. The flavour was a mix of turmeric and coriander, with other small accents. But it felt like an important ingredient was missing. Next time I will add lime or lemon juice. Some acidic and sour juice would balance the powerful flavour of the spices. 

For my demonstration and learning center on May 31st, I want to do a live cooking demonstration. I will be making a small serving of red curry with beef. I chose to make red curry because it is quick to make and allows me to demonstrate multiple different skills I have learned. I will be bringing my mortar and pestle to demonstrate creating curry paste. I would like to make it interactive by allowing people to try the mortar and pestle, but that will not work. I would need to clean the pestle between every use, which could contaminate the curry paste. To make the post interactive, I will allow people to try fundamental Thai ingredients like basil and chili peppers. I will have hand sanitizer near my stove for people to use before they try the ingredients. I will also hand out the ingredients with tongs to reduce contact. I will be cooking on a gas-powered Coleman stove, so I will need to be outside, so I don’t get smoke in the school. The Coleman stove requires propane so I will need space for a propane bottle and the stove. I think this would work best with a table. Before I present, I need to practice cooking on the Coleman stove to make sure I can moderate heat level properly. I will also need to practice making red curry efficiently, so I am familiar with the steps. I will probably have time to repeat the red curry recipe, so I need to make sure I bring enough ingredients. 

In-Depth Post #6

Hi all! As this project is coming to an end, this will probably be my last post. I had another meeting with my mentor, and we discussed how I will be presenting on in-depth night.

Progress update

As promised, here is a recording Over the Rainbow. Unfortunately, the file exceeds the upload limit for this blog site so you will have to click the link below:

Click here for recording

There are a few aspects of this piece that I am still unsatisfied with. I would have liked to play it a bit faster, but was limited primarily by my shifting speed and my ability to use vibrato on shorter notes. As such, I also have not been very confident using these two skills I have been practising in my pieces, and I use them quite sparingly. You may have also noticed that some of my notes were a little off tune and the middle section wasn’t very smooth. I will put a lot of focus into improving my shifting in preparation for in-depth night.

I have also been continuing to do the drills mentioned in previous blog posts, and on top of that I started practising some scales and arpeggios, as these patterns can be very commonly found in pieces, especially classical music.

In-depth  night

For in-depth night, I plan on doing a stage performance to show what I have learned. Since I have limited time on the stage, I obviously cannot play all the pieces I have played throughout this project. So, I started a new piece, Musette in D major from the RCM level 3 repertoire. I picked this piece because I think it is quite technically demanding and involves a variety of skills that will allow me to showcase as much of my learning as possible. I will also try to record my performance and post it so those who are not able to watch my performance live will still be able to see it. I hope that there will be noticeable improvements from my original baseline that I included in my first post.

I also plan on having another final meeting with me mentor in between now and in-depth night to improve this piece more.

Thanks for reading!