Greater comfort in playing in groups and in front of people Confidence in my ability to sight read and then play with a group Expression and fluidity in my bowing More study in position, especially 3-5th(working on 4th position since Fall 2011) Generally working on playmanship, playing so that I sound better -- no matter the style or level of music Lastly, overall enjoyment of the cello. Less pressure to perform, more effort to enjoy and be moved by the instrument and the beauty of its voice.
New Goals for 2012
- Continue working on 4th position, and then move into 5-7th for great range of expression
- Complete the Suzuki Book 3 selections I am missing (Humoresque and La Cinquantaine)
- Begin Book 4 towards Fall
- Learn to finger without my tapes for reference
My Repertoire for Spring 2012
- 170 Foundation Studies for Violoncello, Vol. 1
- Introducing the Positions for Cello, 4th Position, Vol. 1
- The Cello Collection in 1st position
- Suzuki Book 3, Humoresque and La Cinquantaine
- Vivaldi's "Spring" (for Chamber)
- Medley from "The Gladiator" (Chamber)
- "Through Time" by Karen Macklin (Chamber)
- "Ave Maria" (accomp. for Violinist Betsy Morrow's Sr. Recital)
- Some piece yet to be written by me
With working full-time now, and getting ready to graduate with my Master's degree in English Literature, my time is very limited. However, I have figured out how much time I can devote to my studies each week. The following is a pretty good schedule for me.
- M, T, TH - Practice for 1 hour usually around 8-9 p.m.
- W-F - No practice, Lesson and Chamber reheresal
- S-Su - Practice for 1.5 hours stressing bowing and technique exercises, scales, and other easier things to help strengthen and develop quickness in my fingers.