I decided to have an open practice session Friday and today; i.e. I worked on whatever I wanted and didn't watch the clock or use any technique books. I did this because I wanted to get out of my "funk" and get back into practicing mode. Friday and Saturday definitely was NOT productive, but it made me feel a little bit better, and I got to play with the new cello a bit.
Going forward, until my next lesson, I think I'll focus on basic technique rather than working out of any of the books. I'll try to apply and practice the correct basic techniques to the repertoire. I'll also re-review my lesson notes and videos on posture, bowing and left hand fingering.
I've watched the videos below several times in the past and found them to be very helpful, so I'm reviewing them again too. Have I mentioned how AWESOME these Cello Talk videos are? :)
To help with my posture issues:
To help with my bowing issues:
I'm still trying to get out of my surly mood, so I'll be taking it easy for the next few days. Besides, it's the Fourth of July Weekend! Which reminds me - I'd better go visit my parents....*sigh*
Below is my practice log:
I've changed the format of my practice log on Tuesday. I added a column for metronome beats and tempo, and moved the total time practiced to the bottom so I could use that column for notes instead.
I'm still in a bad cello funk, so I've just been practicing scales to try and get out of it.
I went to 4th position in the G Major Scale, but it's still hard for me to get there on time, and I don't think I hit the notes. But I learned 4th position 3 lessons ago, so I guess that's not too bad.
Things to work on:
- Curve my fingers more - My fingers didn't look as curved as I thought they were!
- Watch the angle of my bow with string changes
- Hmmm...not sure if my elbow level is correct for the G string - it looks too high
- Need to be less tense in my left arm - my forearm muscles are really noticeable!...maybe its just the lighting...
- I'm still over-rotating my upper body when doing the string crossing from D to A