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This is still very much a work in progress.
If you'll recall, I started taking online lessons with a focus on injury rehab and prevention back in February, and later started working on Bach Cello Suite No. 2, so I'm working on a piece with a teacher for the first time in my life. So far it's definitely changed the way I look at Bach.
Here's where the Prelude is now. Although I'm working on the whole suite, I'm especially focusing on this movement because I plan to use it as my "slow" selection in an orchestra audition in September. (Audition is asking for one fast piece and one slow piece of my choice.)
Compared to the self-taught version I've posted before, I've slowed it down to better fit the introspective, improvisatory feel I'm aiming for. I'm also trying to be more conscious of the shifting moods, how I want the tempo to ebb and flow, which notes to bring out more, and where everything fits into the overall structure of the movement.
I'm still not really happy with my tone -- I feel like it needs to be weightier at times without getting louder. (That said, I recorded this video with not quite enough rosin on my bow, so maybe that partially solves the problem.) I also think I'm probably changing tempo a bit to abruptly at times and holding on to some notes too long.
Any thoughts on this and how it could improve?