Maybe I should have a little cello party when my day # equals my age. Hint – it hasn’t happened yet. I have two major things on my schedule tomorrow. Both involve a fair amount of talking. I am exhausted. I just want to disappear into the covers when I realize I haven’t practiced. Car ride to and from NY. Although I did do my “Arm Cello” (hat tip to Andromeda) thinking about front and back of my hand organization.

I was depleted, wrung dry, and all around uninspired today. But I slouched and schlumpfed into my practice room. Amazingly, after a few bars, I found some motivation. Wouldn’t it be great if that worked for everything?

Anyway, when discussing specific subject matter I resolve not to use the verb ‘practice’ as in ‘I practiced my scales today’. Such use does not help me review my sessions. What I need to say is “I did the D major scale about three times until I felt comfortable hitting F# and C# on the way up and down. Now, when I go into my lesson, I’m not quite as shocked when I do exactly as well as I practiced. Similarly, I worked on my (I)Bb-C-A-Bb B-C-A about three times,then walked through the section of K4 from the repeat to the end. I also practiced the two slurs before them a few times as well. I’m still stopping a few places on notes where I get stuck so it’s far from fluid. Now I can listen for my screeches and make some adjustments.

I guess cello practice is motivating because other people aren’t playing defense against me. My success doesn’t depend too much on others. There is really no way to disappoint others when I practice so it is always fulfilling. In other areas, the risk of disappointing others is sometimes too much to contemplate.