Friday, August 25, 2006
Recording yesterday's lesson (#15)
Then we more or less forgot about it until we were done. The one-hour session used up about 500 MB of memory. After a brief learning curve convincing it to playback properly through my laptop (I had to tinker with a lot of volume settings - and uncheck a box marked "digital speaker"; and I had to adjust the gain slider in Audacity a bit), I was able to listen to the full session.
I was impressed with the remarkably good quality and full detail of the recording. I won't go into my impressions of my own playing (I promised I wouldn't), but it was interesting to hear us work through all the pieces - and to compare my teacher's cello to mine. It's interesting to compare the waveforms from when she plays a note to me playing the same note. Intonation aside, I can see that I have a very long way to go to master my bow.
My next step is to convert it to a wmv format and archive it onto a CD.
She made one suggestion that really hits home - after playing a piece, take a moment to figure out what went right and what sounded good, rather than focusing so much on what went wrong. Then, if I must, analyze why those parts went right.
In today's practice, I tried, I really did. But it's going to take some effort to acknowledge that the cup is half-full, rather than half-empty (in fact the engineer in me disagrees with both points of view, saying instead that the cup is obviously too big).
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