Starting the Chopin Largo.  There’s a lot going on in my mind and it’s difficult to settle in and concentrate these days.  Maybe because August and the “Chasm” are coming up.  The Chasm is a period of nearly four weeks when the kids have neither camp, school, nor childcare (nor a job, but there’s time for that).

Dan frequently tells me that the cello can also be your first “happy place” of relaxation.  OK, he doesn’t say it quite that way.  But here’s my question?

Can you truly relax when you’re on the cello?  If not, what is stopping you?

By relax, I mean play with a sense of playfulness, little to no physical stress. You’re relaxing and just listening to the wonderful sounds you’re making.