My 2013 resolutions are:
- Finish Suzuki Book 2
- Start learning how to do vibrato and use it in my playing
- Play with a community orchestra
- More practicing, less organizing for my cello group!
- Post at least 5 videos by the end of the year - that will give me 2-3 months on each piece
- Keep up with my blog entries
- Work on sight-reading skills
- More efficient practice time
A look back at my 2012 Resolutions:
- Stop worrying about how far I get in the Suzuki book and focus on getting each piece polished, getting them memorized and learning the technique - after Book 1 of course! ;). ...uummm.. screw this goal!! I need to get through these Suzuki pieces faster darn it!! That darn turtle has lapped me twice already! Turtle soup is definitely on the menu next year...
- Learn vibrato - NOPE!! Although Clayton did show me some pre-vibrato exercises, but I haven't really practiced them. Does that count? ;)
- Learn 2nd & 4th position better and practice it consistently 1/2 point! I've gotten more comfortable with 2nd position, but haven't really played in 4th position much or practiced it.
- Be able to have consistent good intonation for 1st position - this should become second nature Well... intonation is something that needs to be worked on all the time. I'm much better at recognizing when I'm off. Point for this!
- Start playing more improvisation NOPE!
- Learn how to transcribe songs NOPE! ..*sigh*...
- Learn how to do jazz pizzicato on cello Kind of?? Not really jazz pizz - just have to use more of the fleshy part of my finger. It's more about learning jazz basics. I did attend a jazz cello workshop for beginners. 1/2 point! ;)
- Start playing with other musicians YES! I play in a cello ensemble, have tried playing some jazz with a couple of guitarist (I was WAY over my head!!), played some cello duets with my co-worker and played duets with a pianist.
- Do some ear training YES! Although this wasn't a very good goal, since ear training should be part of practicing anyway right?
- Practice shifts and extensions daily - I hate practicing these, I tend to avoid these because I'm not very good at this! 1/2 point! I've started practicing shifting more because of the Mooney's Position pieces. Not daily though...
- Focus on 1 or 2 pieces, instead of 3-4 pieces and other misc projects at the same time! Focus on assignments given and not what I want to work on or skipping ahead. I've discovered once I finally get to the piece I'm already bored with it because I worked on it before and its no longer fun and exciting! uummm..not going to happen?? Just too many things going on at one time! At least now I know this wasn't a very realistic goal.
If I do 9 out of 11 goals, than I think I'll have met my goal for 2012. Well, not quite - although I think I may have set way too many goals to begin with!
Some positives to end on - highlights from 2012:
- Started a successful cello group/project - not quite ready to disclose the name, but I think I may later
- A lot of "firsts":
- First time I attended a cello workshop (I attended two!)
- First time I played with other musicians
- First time I played in a cello ensemble
- First time I played in holiday concerts (for two retirement communities!)
Here's to another year of learning, growing and enjoying the art of cello playing! Cheers!!!! :D