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The last thing I want to do is repeat mistakes over and over, and the more I tried, the worse it got. Still working on the Humoresque, I tried to put it together, but musically. I may have to do this two lines at a time because four is proving too much. I’ve been working the challenging sections until I could breathe through them and allow my right hand some freedom to express. So, now the hard is easy (easier, actually). While I have considerable refinement, I’m not as terrified of the high shifts at the end of each phrase in the minor section.

So, as I play through, where do you think I have the most trouble tonight? It’s mm. 29 and 30. My hands are in first position for the entire phrase. That’s right, dear readers, the humble first position, and my hand doesn’t even need to shift or extend, either! Bonanza, right? A bit of chill time for my LH before we start ramping up?  By now you may have guessed what’s coming.  Here’s a passage similar in difficulty to what I was learning in my first few months, except maybe I handle the rhythm a little better now. Yet, No matter what I did, I made a mistake with the bow and couldn’t make the melody at all. So now, the easy is hard.

So, after getting up from the cello to take a break, I notice my right thumb is sore from the stick pressure.  I get my hand relaxed and try just a couple more bows to see what’s happening, holding my hand as lightly as I can get away with.  So, I am going to put the cello down and read my e-copy of A Modern Cellists Manual and take a break before trying anything else. So, now the easy is hard again; time to re-learn the bow-hold.

One other point to make: Dan sometimes says the problem may lie elsewhere. My RH may be tense because of other factors, including balancing my body or compensating for something elsewhere. So, I am going to check over my entire body before playing again.