Thursday, July 17, 2008
From a different direction
There aren't any new or tricky positions to worry about - in fact just one small shift so far, and except for the gymnastics involved with those eighth-note string crossings, the fingerings aren't very difficult.
I transferred each of these segments into Finale PrintMusic, so I could better compare them and focus on them. So, I started working on each of these "practice points" one at a time, not worrying about where and how they fit into the music. I spent more than a week on these alone (even avoiding the rest of my practice routines). I got to where I was able to play through most of them fairly well (except for the chords and string crossing sequences). A few days ago I finally began playing through the whole piece. Using the measure-by-measure approach I was able to put it all together in just a few days. I was pleasantly surprised how nicely it is coming along.
At yesterday's lesson (#54) I played it through well enough. My rhythm and timing weren't that good (as usual), but the notes came out more-or-less at the right times, in their proper sequences and with passably good intonation. I showed my teacher my practice points worksheet and we talked a lot about each of them, focusing on the trills, grace notes, and the like. We also worked on the chords and crossings. I've got a long way to go to get past that small dragging screech across the D string... but it's coming along. Another challenge for me is the 4-2 trill. The 4-3 trills and 2-1 trills, etc. aren't that difficult, but my third finger seems to get in the way on the 4-2 trill.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
I've also been working on the Mooney Double Stops book. Again, my fourth finger seems to be an issue, but it's getting better, too. These exercises are sure helping to play using my fingertips. My teacher wants me to finish the Mooney Position Pieces book. I can't understand my resistance to those pieces. They're not that difficult - but they just don't seem to click with me. I can play these through dozens and dozens of times, yet when I pick one again up after a few weeks, I stumble through it as if it were the first or second try.
At our next lesson I'm supposed to play through the "Allegro Moderato" in one sitting, with my teacher playing the duet part. Whew. That's going to be hard to prepare for since I have a concert to get ready for in less than two weeks... both our orchestra and Cellocracy.
Still cloudy, still drizzling, still cold... not much of a summer.
Don't forget about the string crossing exercise in that same Suzuki book. It's on page 12. (Etude for Changing Strings) I remember that being a help to me when I was working on the Breval. Ahh ... but I must say, you're working much more diligently than I did on the Breval. However, I'm going to apply that worksheet tip to Chanson Triste.
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