Monday, September 27, 2010

Making Progress

I think I am finally making good progress on Gavotte in C Minor. With a bit more practice, I really think I will be able to finally play this piece decently. It has been a thorn in my side for about 3 months. Technically, I can play this piece -- I just am struggling to shift into 4th position, and I think that is just a matter of training and time. I will get it, I know I will.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Practicing Again

I am back to my practice schedule, but I am still not to where I was before I started working PT at Macy's. I am getting better, and with new strings and bow, my sound has improved. Today, I worked on chamber music as well as Gavotte in C Minor (from Suzuki 3). I am bound and determined to play this piece better.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My New Bow Arrived!

I ordered a new bow on Sunday, and it came yesterday! I decided to go with the Arco Nouveau carbon fiber bow. It is a good solid entry bow, supposed to keep good tone, and be fairly easy to play. I like it. It needs a ton of rosin, so I am hoping that between now and Firday, I can "rosin up the bow" and get it in good playing condition for chamber rehersal.

Monday, September 6, 2010

New Strings

I got my cello back from my teacher yesterday, and my new strings ROCK! I can tell how much better they sound; yet, I am still struggling with the bow. My teacher thinks I need a new bow too -- so perhaps this week? Perhaps!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Chamber Went Well

I survived our first chamber group meeting! WooWhee! My cello teacher has given me some tough music to play, and I am really going to be challenged this year. I am excited to be considered part of her group (of young students). I love playing the cello, and I know that with some good practice, I can do this!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Practice and More Practice

I have been trying to get back into the habit of practicing cello again. I took a short break, just while I was getting used to working retail at Macy's. It is just amazing how quickly you can lose your touch when you stop practicing for any length of time. Truly, if you want to become accomplished, you must set aside the time to work towards that goal.

My goal is to be accomplished on the cello. I want to play confidently, and to be able to enjoy all types of music on the cello. Right now, I am stuck in Suzuki Book 3. I completed about half the book before I had to step back and re-evaluate. I simply cannot get passed the latter selections because they are too advanced for me. I can play these notes, and I can even sight read the pieces pretty well -- I just cannot play them on the instrument (well enough). This is clearly a technical issue for me, and I think it is just lack of experience on my part.

What I am finding is that I am able to play fiddle music really well. I like it a lot, though sometimes the cello part is boring and repetitious. I like the dynamics of playing fiddle music, and I like the notation (short and choppy). I have gotten really good at some selections like "Cripple Creek" and "Home Away with the Girls". These are fun pieces that challenge me, but don't overwhelm me.

I am working on Bach's "Allegro Moderato" from Book 3. I can play the intro fairly well, and I can work through the harder positions (3-5th) now. I am not playing up to speed nor am I playing with any fluidity; but I am making progress.

I really am not sure what to do. I continue to work on my Foundational Studies book, and I have made excellent progress here. I found it difficult to get passed the tens (etude numbers); but now am working into the twenties. I can actually play these pieces well, and at a good tempo. I really enjoy this book a lot, and think it stresses technique right where I am at, rather than pushing content that is clearly above my playing level. My understanding of this series is that if you can play the entire set (all three volumes) with ease and speed; then you can consider yourself accomplished. Well, that is a lofty goal, but a good one.