After a hideous day involving lost keys, a nearly missed science fair, followed by a dead battery, and spiced up with a few spirited discussions with my significant other in which Tiger Woods was mentioned, the most I could manage was some scales. But once I got going, I was able to do a bit more.
I decided that scales were the best place to start introducing the metronome more systematically. This way I can learn its features without trying to read music at the same time.
So, here’s the practice for today
A major: Half notes at 80 qpm. Followed by doublets at 80 qpm, then quarters at same tempo. Scales are two octaves. I’m getting that A string shift down. It’s almost fun at this point.
C major: Same routine. C major scale uses fingering that stays on II(C).
Bourreé: 5th line – the part that is mostly in 2d position. Using metronome and split beats 60 qpm. – Roughly 20 minutes scales and 20 minutes on the Handel.
My 2010 New Year’s resolution is going to center on scales, although I haven’t carved out the details. Any thoughts?
My 2010 cello goals are going to focus on getting further into the Kol Nidre, as well as developing the vibrato.