1/21 – This was my lesson day, which I’m going to count as my practice. I did a few of the scales that night in a mini-practice.
1/20 – Same as 1/19, but slightly better results. Some more time on #13. Virtually ignored Kummer the past few days, although I occasionally go back and play bits Kummer #1 and #3 to make sure they stay in my mind’s ear. Kummer #2 is totally not ready, Dan!
1/19 – G/major scales and Arpeggios. G minor arp. as well. Then launched into the Allegretto. It’s probably a good idea to scale the key I’m about to play. Anyway, tried to play noticing when tension creeps in.
1/18 – Short session today. Right elbow was bothering me. Did G and C major scales, and A minor. Focused on holding long notes.
1/17 – Focused on 0-3-4 pattern. Two measures of Kummer #2. Part of me says “is it OK that I’m still on the first page of exercises”, but I know I’m not quite yet ready to move on when I’m still out of tune on even #1. I still have difficulty holding the bow.
Actually did two practices – an AM of 50 minutes and a PM of 30. The AM was much better than my PM. I am much better when I’m on my medication. I know that cello playing supposed to help deflect ADD related symptoms,but cello playing is not a cure. Medication should not be abandoned. Wish I had started when I was 10.