I’ve been spending the week reading Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Without taking too much of a position on her parenthood stance, I will say this book has a good tie in with readers of this blog. She spends several of the earlier chapters recounting her Suzuki experiences with her daughters including how she managed their musical practice. Notably, the Humoresque is specifically mentioned, including a little trick for playing the minor section. I won’t spoil it too much for you. The book is not quite what the media has made it out to be.
Well, today was another Humoresque day. I focused entirely on measure #40. Getting that D to C interval was challenging, even with the keyboard nearby to help me get that Seventh in my ear. C is also the highest note I can play without hitting thumb position. However, since we are doing thumb position in our other scales, I wanted to get this shift into thumb down pat.