Here are some more thoughts from my last lesson

  • The hard work of scales is listening and bowing.  Use this time to play with things like string crossings, smooth notes, slurs, and in general – bowing.   The left hand organization is important, but the smaller part of the work.
  • When learning a new piece, play with small pieces of it and turn it around.   This is especially important when the new piece is a low priority but not so low you can put it on the shelf.   In other words, explore and play purposefully.  Look in particular at melody and phrasing.

I got off to a good start on the Bourrée but for some reason my second line phrasing is not getting me to the top note (C) in a satisfying way.  I have it in my head but the grouping comes out wrong when I play it.   In this case, it might be better to memorize it then work on the phrasing when I can’t see the measure bars.   I think they are biasing me.