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I’ve been working hard on La Cinquantaine lately, although It’s been all I can do to get practice time in, not to mention actually writing about it. But since I had a lesson today, might as well share:

It’s time to keep the bow moving and stop tip-toeing on the first section of La Cinquaintaine. It’s mostly there; we just need to refine it now so that it flows better. A few left hand maneuvers remain in the second section, but I’m doing a better job anticipating those shifts, and they are coming along. What’s on my mind now is getting the crescendo and decrescendo sounding approximately like they’re supposed to. I still need to get the bow work done at the very beginning since I need to get that string crossing not sounding quite so harsh, which means in turn I need to compromise better between D string position and A string position.

The cello itself may need a tune up. Dan said he heard a buzz, and I hear it too, but I haven’t isolated the notes. The bottom parts of my bridge fail the paper test. I’m wondering if I should mess with it myself or just bring it into the shop. I think the best thing would be for me to try to fix it, and only if I fail should I bring it in. How else to learn? It’s also the heater season for those of us lucky to still have power, which means more attention to climate control.