Focus today was on shifting 1 back from second position. Apparently, I have been compromising my hand when I do this, and instead, need to move only the finger back. This causes me some discomfort on my thumb pad, but it’s better than what I have been doing, which ruins my intonation. I also need to make sure I let ringing notes ring. The C is especially wanting these days.
I also worked through the Schumann Op 102 mv 2 with the piano (thanks again, Aurora!). It was a challenge listening for different cues, but no matter what happens, I have to play out. I don’t have the option of retreating to turtle mode. An added benefit: I am more likely to correct mistakes as I play if I play confidently than if I play timidly.
[UPDATE: Went back and read Nancy’s Post on shifting, and focused for thirty minutes on mm. 30-36 of the Schumann, which has a couple of tricky shifts that need to be smooth]
Also, worked on Mooney’s Tango, which is where the shift issue came from.