Thats awesome @Mouse ! I know you had some instructor problems a few months back. Good to hear things are going better now. I love those lessons where I feel like I've really latched onto something finally and have made some progress. I'm like you and feel like I need at least a week between lessons most of the time.
I was talking about fiddle. I don't own a cello. I do have a fiddle instructor..its just been a couple weeks since lesson and really much of any practice/playing. Just stuff requiring my attention. Thinking after this weekend I can get back into the swing of it. Sorry I derailed your original post @Mouse with my practice woahs.. and thank you for the encouragment!
So, yesterday I had probably be best cello lesson ever, so far. At least it seems that way. My playing was the worse, though. What we discussed and practiced seemed to connect better. Unfortunately, for me, that could all change and go out the window, but this morning’s practice session was really good, so it is still there. 😁
We are still working on the sonata. It is a very technical piece; at least the most technical I have ever done! My intonation was way off. I have more issues with intonation in lessons than at home. That is just me when playing in front or with someone, so I need to work on that mentally. I actually mentioned that maybe I should put the tapes back on my cello. Not something I want to do because I do now have a general idea where the fingers need to be. Chris said I could if I wanted to, but he does not see a need because he said I was doing really good. That was a big booster shot of confidence!
We paid attention to elbow position with the left arm, thumb of the left hand, keeping the thumb free to move with the hand and not stuck to the neck.
We talked about singing the notes while playing (you know; dah dah, etc), to the rhythm. That I have issues with. I cannot sing in front of people. Chorus in school was fine. I was covered! I do it at home now, though. I actually think it does help. Chris said he had to do that while learning and often times in college he does it with the professor. We also continued working on my bowing.
Chris said that we will move forward on the sonata next week. He adjusted the fingering in one spot because I was always shifting rather than doing it the notated way. He said that was not working for me. It could be done either way. I was just shifting up naturally without thinking, and always fought the other method by thinking about it. I do tend to do things differently than most, I guess that was one of those occasions. 😂
This particular lesson really gave a lot of confidence. They actually all do, but this one was particularly a big confidence booster. I felt really good after this lesson. This morning my practice session was super.
So, my cello lesson yesterday was excellent. I think there will be one lesson in July that will not be happening. I think the music shop where the lessons are is closed one week in July, if I remember correctly. I actually like it when I have two weeks between lessons once in a while because I can work on what I have learned without adding new stuff and have it sink in.
It still seems odd that the best music instructor I have ever had is still a college student!