a) Word analysis
Post APT phase questionnaire answers to “comments”
APT promotes learning
Engaging, enjoyable, comfortable/depends on mood
Trust/Don’t trust gesturing
Willingness to continue using it or developing use
Spares the lips
No immediate results
1. What did you learn and notice about practicing with APT?
I was actually actively thinking about articulation or direction in the phrasing and the way I really wanted it to sound. It was not only about trying to hit the note. I think sometimes I could have been a bit more dramatic.It helps a bit to be more extraverted in the playing, I think.
This APT encourages my sound imagination, which helps with learning the music. I did not feel that dramatic gestures help much, which I suspect is due to the body not being trained/developed to do it.
I have strongly noticed that every time you play a certain passage it can sound completely different. There are so many nuances to choose from, so many different characters and nothing will sound twice exactly the same!!! Singing and gesturing is a great way to really get to know what you actually wantand get this into your body (internalise). Furthermore the practice sessions were never boringas there was so much diversity (one passage, then another one). I really felt how easy it was to focusand to concentrate and that the practiced passages were more likely to be remembered in the next session. I personally think 5 min 3 times a day would be too short for me. If I could apply this method on my daily practice! (which I will as I really felt a progress in myself and my playing!!!!)
Faster result by playing less.Faster understanding about phrasing/musicality.
The imagine part is always good, and I should be more aware of that.
It is important before practicing to know exactly what I have to do, how, and to work without distractions. To be fit physically and mentally is important with this type of practice. I first need to have a concept and then go into details. [Original: Es ist sehr wichtig vor dem Üben deutlich, genau wissen was muss ich tun, wie will ich es machen, in ruhe arbeiten. Körperlicher und besonders mentaleFitness sind sehr wichtig bei so eine Art der Übens. Erst muss (für mich) die Form (Konzept) gemacht werden, dann die Einzelheiten.]
I get into expressing and audiating.
2. How did you feel when practicing this way?
When I was really engaged it was fun. It also spares the lips, as you don’t always put the trumpet on your lips to play the phrase. I often sing my music/phrase while practicing but that added also another dimension by engaging the body(mainly the hands but also other parts).
It felt strange at first, especially with improvising the phrases. However, it felt easy for the brain; it was always active and everything I practise feels fresh even though I am physically tired.I enjoyed this practicing process overall, but was uncomfortable that it did not help with developing endurance and mechanical securities.
It was a lot of fun and very enjoyable! Never boring!! And I have learned to loosen up my body and really letting go in all kind of weird movements!
Depending on the energy level and confidence: When this was high it felt motivating and effective. When this was low it felt silly/ineffective.
In the “sing and gesture” part sometimes a bit strange, but it can be useful sometimes, I think not always in any studie (problems).
It depended on whether there was a positive result. When it worked, I was motivated, when not, I was unmotivated.Directly afterwards, I thought about how I could do it differently next time, what goals I should have. [Original: Je nach dem, ob die Übung erfolgreich war, war ich motiviert oder demotiviert. Ich habe aber direkt danach überlegt, nachgedacht, was kann ich beim nächsten mal anders machen, was werde ich tun, welche Ziele habe ich.]
Its generally fun,but frustrating that 5 minutes is not enough.