minorkey wrote:Thanks for sharing your experience. When you were taking lessons using the RCM, did your teacher assign the studies alongside the pieces in front (e.g. this week, practice piece #2 and study #X), or just as another repertoire piece? I'm trying to figure out how and in what order to work on them. Thanks for any advice.
When I had lessons with the RCM books (and teacher), they were not overly organised -- mostly I played what I liked (that is, what sounded nice to me!), and so I did not go through every piece in all the RCM books, just those that pleased me musically (I was an adult -- I could do what I liked!
). I can't recall the precise details now as to which pieces I worked on and when. In retrospect, I think I should have been less stubborn about playing repertoire pieces and done a bit more studies pieces! I actually did that later, with a different teacher, but I used a book of Sor studies and other repertoire that my new teacher gave me to address specific issues, so I am afraid that I can't help you much with regards to any order to the RCM stuff. As razz suggests, maybe just play through a few and see if you like them and see if they actually do get you doing things that are helpful, and if so, keep practicing them.
I would also add that, it would really be of benefit to get a teacher -- like razz says, they will be able to spot areas for which you need more work, and provide useful direction and suggestions of pieces to practice, rather than trying to figure it out on your own (of course, some people prefer to work on their own, or can't take lessons for whatever reasons, but it is extremely worthwhile if you can do so). Best wishes, and have fun!