We’re reviewing some basics, including confident shifting. I was reminded to lead with my thumb and not with the other fingers.
Much of my plan will be a step back in time for me, but the difference is that there will be performance opportunities, and the emphasis will be in playing with others. I’m a little embarrassed to tell you what I’m working on, since you might think this is too basic, but going back and relearning will be good for me, particularly with a goal of freeing my right arm, and playing relaxed without scrunching my face.
But it’s Schroeder #9, and a few duets from AppleBaum’s duets for 2 stringed instruments. I was given a new scale pattern to learn and to work it on C major for now.
One issue about taking up the cello late in life is reading the scores. I need good reading glasses and a bright stand light to avoid blurriness. And to keep from losing all those pieces I had been studying, I will apply the basics I’m relearning to my Kol Nidre and to other favorites. I don’t want to put my Bach aside during this period.