Thursday, April 30, 2009
I've made a lot of progress with the Breval Sonata - Rondo. Since last lesson I've increased the tempo several "notches", and we played it today at my current pace; then we reviewed a few minor issues. I've only got a handful of measures left to sort out. Then all that's left is continuing to increase the tempo. My teacher commented that one of her primary goals is to teach her students how to learn on their own... and it appears she has [finally] succeeded in my case.
We set-up a two-month practice plan:
- Start studying the next piece in 'Suzuki 4', the Marcello Sonata[!] (it's important to apply my recent "revelation" about how to learn new pieces - take it slow and steady without the bow, working a few measures at a time, until I have the rhythms and fingerings all sorted out);
- Begin listening to the Bach Minuet in G on the Suzuki CD (as well as some of the solo recordings);
- Start familiarizing myself with Tenor Clef... Tchaikovsky's Chanson Triste is just around the corner;
- I just began working on the fourth-position etudes in the 'Percy Such Position Studies' book, and should press on;
- Mooney's 'Double Stops' - um, well, keep at it; and for filler
- Continue optimizing various 'Suzuki Book 3' pieces.
This is going to keep me busy.
Some local news of interest this week; Zuill Bailey will take over as director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival when founder Paul Rosenthal "retires" in
We found out this week that our own local summer music festival (the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival) will include having our string orchestra and Cellocracy play two noon-time concerts this year.
My newly rebridged cello is sounding great!
Mt. Redoubt has quieted down lately. I didn't see any plume for the first time in months as I drove to my lesson in Homer today. Maybe that's all over... till the next time, anyway.
I haven't written a lot about my music theory classes. We're just about finished with our second round. What a remarkable experience! For the past several weeks, we've been arranging assorted melodies to be played by string quartets, and then we've been playing them together in class - fortunately we have two violins, a viola and two cellos to make this work. On a few occasions other instruments, including a flute, a french horn, and a guitar, have sat in with us to produce some interesting music. Not only are we learning about music, we're also playing what we're learning. I'm hoping we'll be able to restart this again in the fall.
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