- 2nd 1st 1/2 3rd 2nd
- 1 x2 4 1 x2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 3 4
- IV III II II I
Position Pieces: The Elephant's Waltz
- This was a disaster too! :( I practiced this, but for some reason it just didn't stick with me. Normally I can think of the notes and not worry about the fingerings, but not this time. I think maybe it's because I wasn't too familiar with notes on the G string in the first place.
- Things to work on:
- Try to make it sound like an elephant waltzing
- Heavy strokes in the lower half of the bow and also try bowing closer to the bridge
- Make the first note heavy since it's a waltz
- Experiment with bow lengths
- Work on faster tempo
- Make it sound more legato
Chorus from "Judas Maccabaeus"
- Sounding too "fluffy" - I need to watch my bow stroke and make sure my angles are correct
- My bad habit of pushing my bow forward too much has returned
- Things to work on: tone & bow angle
- Clayton wants to start incorporating vibrato into pieces so we worked a little bit on doing vibrato on the half notes
- Vibrato is difficult... I spent some time putting together some vibrato videos to go over. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL43wDa-OEqffCmLwZtSOq9jMvOcxFfND9
- Clayton teaches the "soft/flexible knuckle method," and not the "rotation method" - not sure what those are officially called...
Also, after this piece I'll be switching to another method book to work with Clayton on. I think we'll be using Solos for Young Cellists. Clayton likes to go at a faster pace, and it's been difficult to re-learn some pieces to cover them with Adam. I've discovered working on old pieces is just not very fun, so by the time I get to the piece with Adam it's kind of boring. Also, they tend to focus on different techniques which can get a little confusing sometimes.
Got to record Minuet No. 1 which is kind of a disaster right now since I haven't practiced that in a while. I'm going to have to "re-learn" that piece before I can record it. ...ugh...