Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Yesterday we (the cello and I) sounded pretty bad, no matter what I tried. I spent a long time trying to find the sweet spots for each note. It didn't help much then, but today, for whatever reason we really sounded great! Ringing tones for most of the notes, with no squeaking or whining. I played several of the pieces slowly and easily, and I played their tricky passages slowly and repeatedly - dozens and dozens of times. I broke down the signature nine-note passage in the Bach Minuet #2, slowly playing them over and over again - first in sets of three, then the first four notes, then five, etc. It was hard to stop, and I ended up playing well beyond my two hours.
It sure is nice to have an up day!