Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Often, I have to actually take a break in order to transition from the warmup exercises to the actual playing. Sometimes, though I just reach over and turn on my metronome, and that does the trick.
Once I do start working on my regular pieces (I've been randomly playing from the Suzuki 1 and 2 books), they've been going really well, and time evaporates, especially as I start working on my more recent challenges.
I guess you can tell that I'm really enjoying my cello lately.
Last night at Orchestra, my focused work on the tough sections this past week paid off. My issues are no longer fingerings or bowings, my problems now are fitting my parts into the group as a whole - in other words timing and rhythms. Fortunately, the conductor has been extremely patient with me :) I still have to work out Ashokan Farewell. I'm just playing it pizzicato at very slow tempos, with steady progress.
The days are quickly getting longer (8 hrs. 23 min. today); gaining at a rate of 5 minutes a day. We've had about two weeks of beautiful clear sunny days and starry nights. This run of sunny skies started out with the temperatures in the 40s - even at night! In January! Each day, the temperatures have gradually decreased. Now we're seeing overnight temps around zero with daytime highs in the low 20s. But I can't complain. It is still winter. At least the sun is out...