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Our Music School is doing a recital for all of its students.  It’s a mammoth 3 day affair – I’m going on April 2 with one of two pieces in Mooney’s Position Pieces for Cello.   It’s a duet, and I will play with my teacher.  We’ll switch parts at some point in the piece.

I will have videos made (my sons have to earn their allowance somehow).

I’m excited, and I will be nervous, but I’m going to give it my all in terms of dedicating all of my spare time to it.  Other practice pieces will also take a back seat.  I need to play as though not only kids and their parents are there, but pretend my colleagues are as  well.

They’re not terribly difficult, so I can focus my effort on knowing it cold and making it musical.   The March we worked on extensively in February (but not much in March).

I would very much like to make more progress in the upcoming year, then the previous one, which means I need to put in the I hours so that I’m not  working on the same etude for three months.  Some of the etudes have a lot in them, so I shouldn’t feel too bad, but I need to remember my goals (play the Kol Nidre, as well as build my musicianship in general).

I was reading on LinkedIn this week about systems and goals.  According to this article, written by Scott Adams (of Dilbert Fame)  Goals  (favorite pieces) can be frustrating and arbitrary, but day to day the focus can be on systems (steady practice, scales and arpeggios)  build steady improvement and are more conducive to success.   I think we need goals too.  Systems are fine, but  you can be set adrift and survive.  Systems by themselves are the mantra of the bureaucrat.  The goal needs to be inspiring enough to keep you going, so it has to there to encourage you to take larger and more daring steps in that system.

As for the piece itself.

  1. Don’t dawdle on the first D.  It’s not a resolution.  Keep moving and honor the time value of the notes.
  2. Try to get that F# to D slur working nicely.  The left hand still feels cramped.