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i’m noticing that blogging helps me log my practices, and stay more efficient when I’m practicing  So, I’d like to stay with this, and not use the various life interruptions as an excuse to stop blogging.

One other impetus to resuming this project was that I feel that I’m struggling over the same issues I was a few months ago, and without the blog to return to, I don’t remember the solutions.   Or to put it more aptly, if we don’t remember where we came from, we can’t know where we’re going!  That’s one other aspect of being an adult beginner (or can I stop calling myself that yet?, nah.) one cannot rely on a razor sharp memory to help with me with problems from my past.  Yes, my body does remember some past solutions but only with impressionistic detail.

The current memory problem I’m referring to is that I’m working on my Prelude to the first suite, reviewing where I left off after a big Kol Nidre blitz, and realizing that I have absolutely no left hand balance as I come into the third measure.  The whole thing comes to a screeching crash. Now, there’s a little Dan bell ringing now that says the problem is not exclusively where one thinks it is; it may manifest in the left hand but originate elsewhere.  in one’s left and there are always correlated RH issues as well as balance.  But somehow releasing and recovering the F# is problematic for me.  I put too much top weight on the cello and it pops the endpin out of its stop.  So tonight I did a focused practice to see if I could solve this problem.

Perhaps there is a way to play this without releasing my finger from the F# position? Anyway,  I need to find the way to play the F#-C as well as the G to B in the next measure and stay in balance.  That’s it for tonight.

No scales tonight, but I did work on my C major arpeggio, 2 octave because I want to get used to hearing those chords. I guess i need to be brave; at my level I should be doing threes.

In other cello-y stuff, had a great afternoon reading Strings Magazine, (http://www.allthingsstrings.com) where they had a Cello Suites special edition as well as an article on high school orchestras by the inimitable Emily Wright.  (Disclosure: I did contribute to her recent fundraiser, but she was inimitable before that, too).