Sunday, February 08, 2009
At last Thursday's lesson (#65), I started working on the third octave of the D Major scale, increasing my "fingerboard" range by two more notes, C# and D on the A-string. After getting used to this, I'll start the second octave of the G major scale on the D-string (F# and G), and so on with the other strings. We played through the Beethoven Minuet and the Breval Sonata. I'm still making slow, steady progress... I guess. Much of our discussion on these two pieces was about bow usage - planning when to be at the tip (or frog) in anticipation of full bow segments, etc.
In my practice work, I'm gradually progressing through the Percy Such "Position Etudes"; and today I realized that I've actually made some progress in Mooney "Double-Stops" as well. I'd almost given up on these, but as I explained to my teacher, I decided to lower my expectations (time-wise) and just keep plugging away. Vibrato and trill exercises are also progressing.
Chopping wood and carrying water.
On another note, I finished ripping 362 CDs to my iPod - in just three weeks [97 of these were cello-CDs]. It had taken me almost a year to convert 362 LPs. That totals 724 "albums" on my iPod - over 9,500 songs.
Our Cellocracy trio has been invited to play a short concert at a local elementary school at the end of the month as part of a segment on sound and vibrations. We're supposed to play for 15 minutes or so then answer questions and repeat the show for a second group in order to accomodate the whole school. It's challenging to find age-appropriate music from our limited repertoire.