I have a bit on my mind, but I’m going to jot down my lesson notes so I don’t forget.

  • Double Stops A+D – make sure I move my arm forward so that I can continue to grab both strings. A fair amount of my learning takes place while I’m tuning!
  • Kummer: Keep pitch relationships in mind during crazy sequences in Kummer #58. (I’m always wanting to abbreviate that to K58, but I can’t since that would be Mozart!
  • Use open strings as a chance to gauge intonation, when possible
  • Since I’m afraid of extensions, make an effort to extend more instead of shifting to G# or C#
  • When extending E to C#, anchor with 1, not the thumb. That might help my thumb tightness.
  • Keep contact with the cello. If playing an open string, can I have a finger ready to go nearby?
  • Beethoven Minuet in G continues to improve.
    • I can now play it from memory, although with mistakes. But playing the whole thing gives me the “macro view” and I can now make more purposeful improvements. In particular, I need to watch my tendency to drift sharp.
    • In the shift I(D)-I(G), keep my hand organized, but don’t open it for the A until I have to.
    • In general, the more quiet I can keep my hand, the better my chances for good intonation

I had a week of thoughtful practice, and as a result I had a productive lesson. The outline above may seem very critical, but it was a positive lesson where I was just hungry for feedback.

New Material!

  • Duet Material, including an arrangement of Haydn #94 theme. The notes aren’t terribly hard, but I need to think musically about how to carry a phrase and be aware of what the other player is doing. I need to learn both the top and bottom parts.
  • Sight reading material from Dotzauer. I haven’t looked at it, by request. When I do look at it, I have two chances at it, then I put it away.

The Haydn Surprise Symphony was always a favorite of mine since I was a kid. I think I owe props to mom for setting me up well for life. Part of the fun of being an adult learner is getting to play my favorites.