My practice is increasing as my headaches from looking at the gas bubble in my eye wane. It’s barely a distraction anymore and I can see the music now. I’m working on Schroeder #26, which has combinations of 6 note bows, 2 note bows, and single note bows. I still need to get this smooth. I still would like to take it easy and hope I’m one of the twenty percent who don’t need cataract surgery after my procedure.
The moral of this story is to practice today because as you get older, there are more health issues, and more family illness to care for. Since t his is a journal about starting the cello at mid-life, this is relevant. I once thought I had twenty-five years to learn what I need to before retirement. Now, I realize it’s effectively more like fifteen to twenty. Of course, this is just for planning purposes. If I stay healthy, there’s no reason I can’t keep learning.
On my G minor scale, focusing on intonation from C down to G in the third octave. There are enough resonating notes here, and I wonder what is the best strategy to stay in tune. I’d like to train my ear to hear that high G and just “know” it’s right. That can be my home base for coming back down.
In bowing in general, Aurora tells me I need to think about the trajectory of the bow first and let my arm follow, or as she puts it “let the bow move your arm”.