Now at Day 96, ignoring the one day I missed in March.

I took some time out of my normal practice routine to experiment with some new things. My lesson was cancelled this week because of holiday schedules, and my next one would not be until after Easter. That was a long way to go with just 3 pieces to play.

So, for one day I decided to tinker. I tried to see how much of the first two bars of Bruch’s Kol Nidre I could do. The first two bars are the same melody, then repeated an octave lower. If you wish to see them for yourself, they are obtainable as a PDF through International Music Score Library Project.

I played the second, lower melody which starts on the D string. I’m still working through the last phrase. I’m also curious about the key signature. A single flat indicates a F major or D minor key, although the literature says it is F major. Nonetheless, just about every C in these first two lines is sharped.

Once I knew what it was supposed to sound like. What I enjoyed most was solving my own problems, even though I probably got some parts wrong. For instance, I thought life would be easier if I played most of the first line so that my fingers covered c#-d-e-f on the A string. (What position is that?). I also noticed that I(E) and I(F) are closer together than I would have thought, even taking into account that the distance between semitones decreases as one approaches the bridge of any stringed instrument.

Anyway, the moral is sometimes it is healthy to break from a routine. It can invigorate one’s practice.

There are differences between the Kol Nidre you hear in the concert hall and the Kol Nidre you hear in synagogue, mostly suited to the length of the prayer as it is sung, and that much of Bruch’s (who was a Protestant) masterpiece is set into a context of a complete musical composition. By contrast, a liturgical Kol Nidre already has something to transition to, namely the remainder of the Yom Kippur service.

No repeat of elbow pain, although I took it easy and only practiced 40 minutes divided into two 20 minute segments.

A bit of Non-cello stuff, since some of you were foolish enough to think following my tweets would be interesting 🙂

One of my practice segements was during halftime of the UNC-MSU NCAA Championship game. I’ll try not to be overtly partisan on this blog, though. Just realize that my first born son was born in a hospital from which the Dean Dome is line-of-sight visible. I do congratulate MSU on a strong tournament run. I personally admire Tom Izzo for his personal fitness quest as well as his coaching skill. He was profiled some time back in Runner’s World magazine.