Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Back at it
Lesson #32 today
We warmed up with several scales including G into 4th position (my shifts were relaxed and pretty accurate).
She suggested some bowing exercises designed to loosen my grip a bit and to allow more flex in my fingers/wrist in the up-bow and down-bow motions.
Then we started with the Gavotte, playing rather slowly. I pointed out where my main hang-up has been (see yesterday's post) and sure enough, that was my only real stumble. Was I surprised! I figured I'd blow it at several points; as usual. But for whatever reason, I wasn't at all nervous or distracted (and my fingers were quite obedient), which of course made for a pretty good session. I imagine my teacher also appreciates it when I'm relaxed and able to focus.
Then we played through two other newer pieces: Suzuki's Moon Over the Ruined Castle (third position version) and Schubert's Berceuse. And, again, I did rather well.
We also played through the d-minor scales, and the tonalizations from the front of the book. Whew, I'm sure glad I'd been working on these. That led to a discussion about shifts and extensions and which ought to be used when.
Finally, we want back through several pieces at the end of Suzuki 2. While I still bump into certain "issues" on these, we talked about some ways to work around/through them.
Obviously I have much to do to bring all of these up to par and up to tempo, but I'm feeling pretty confident, today.
Last night I rejoined the local orchestra. We have a lunch-concert scheduled for the end of the month, so there's a lot to do, but the pieces aren't too difficult - many are replays from last season's concerts. There are three cellos!