The new piece, Kummer #50 is filled with accidentals. It’s also in D-minor, which means I have to remember my earlier technique about opening my hand and going from B-flat (I) to G. I’m going to try to blog my learning of this piece in more detail than I have with other pieces because I found that reading over the more detailed blog entries from last year was more helpful to me than the philosophically minded process entries.

My first step was to take some of the slurs that occur towards the end of the passage and try to get those, since they have fewer accidentals.

I also looked through the first two measures and tried to nail the rhythm. I’m still not sure why there is 6/4 time, and not some other version of x/4 time. I was told that the human mind can grasp the concepts of 2,3,4 and even 5 with only glancing, but at 6 or above we have to switch to a different part of our brain to count. So, this rhythm for me doesn’t seem to have a strong pulse since there is too much between the accented beats.

Experience will likely prove me wrong, but part of the this blog is to write down my impressions as they happen and then enjoy how wrong I am when I re-read this a few years later.

Also, the Boccherini Minuet is starting to feel better. The first two lines are starting to sound more fun. The focus this week is going to be on that third line. Dan also suggested that I set the metronome at one click per bar and just fly. Ignore tone and intonation completely and just go for it with my right hand.

Which brings to mind the Tom Petty Song

I’m learning to fly, around the clouds,
But what goes up must come down

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

If “coming down” means getting my bow ready and not landing with a thunk, then this analogy works very nicely.

Also, I’m going down to see Dan play in his newly formed Brooks-Delaney Duo at Calliope Music in Ardmore, PA. If any of you are reading this and can get over there, it will likely be a great show. I like to brag on my teacher a bit, and I get no compensation direct or otherwise for doing so.