My struggles with Kummer #71 result in refusing to move on until every previous bar is perfect. The assignment for next week is to practice more regularly, and to tackle the last 3 lines. But this means be willing to walk through segments that aren’t quite done for the sake of the big picture. This is very hard to do. Last week, I spent the entire time starting over from the beginning.
Did the lesson today with CF2. Kind of fun.
Meanwhile, with the Menuet from Suite 1, I haven’t studied it at all, but I do walk through it every night, although not holding myself to any particular standard. But that’s exactly what I’m supposed to do with the Kummer.
In summary, the outline is
- Scan the measures I wish to play. Outline main sections in my head. Identify important shifts, noting both the from-note and the to-note
- Try to express the section in terms of 6-8 ideas. As a beginner, the “idea” was a note, but now they are groups of notes or phrases. For example: “descending scale followed by Pattern I, followed by Arpeggios”. Try to play through first part, but do not stress over mistakes for more than 30 seconds to a minute.
- Get detail practice done, walk through previous night’s music.
OK – the Truth
Today’s lesson was abysmal. Couldn’t even tune the cello well today. Every single fifth was a challenge. Wasn’t hearing well at all, and couldn’t tell when I was in tune with Dan or not.
I think what is missing is a clearer goal focus. I’ve been going from lesson to lesson assuming that I was on my way. But i need specific goals for the end of the summer.