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.