Practice has been occurring, but rather mindlessly. Dan’s prescription is to focus on getting a quality tone and challenge the string more aggressively when doing scales for now.
In response to my plea for something melodic that’s not on the edge of my ability, we started a new song today – Nina by Pergolese from the Cellists Favorite Contest Album.
For the Bach, we focused on keeping my anchor over D string while “sneaking” one finger over to A to execute the 4th bar of the piece. This is starting to unlock it for me, and will come with practice. This is what I was working on tonight, but i’m very concerned about non-cello things, and cannot shut out the outside world.