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Yesterday, started using the Klengel Technical Studies For Cello. It seems like a pretty good book for cello scales and bowing. My instructor used this book and still uses it to hone his bowing.
The first study I am working on is great. I tend to be very stiff and mechanical, which in turn prevents me from doing anything that is fast. This is great for that.
I have not gone too far into the book, but with this one exercise, I can see where, and feel how, this is really going to help. It showed when I went to to work on my first section of page two of the Sonata for Cello that we also started yesterday during class.
I have looked at other pages and they look intense. But, this page I am starting with also looked very intense and had me a little panicked when I started, but I am doing it. Great confidence builder. My instructor told me I could do it, and he was right. My instructor saw the panic on my face when I saw all those black notes on the page. Always freaks me out.
I am adding this to the index I created for cello lessons/videos/skill builders. The link to the index post is here:
I know. But when I see a page of black 1/8th, 1/16th, etc notes, it freaks me out. That exercise in that book is pretty good. First time, that after the second time through, I felt comfortable with those many many black notes. I did not feel defeated at all. I think the confidence builders my instructor gives during the lessons and right at the end help a lot. This has longer slurs than I ever did and bow direction changes. Really helps with bow control. I learned a lot. I started it slow and gradually sped up. When I was done, I was a little faster and still accurate. Still not as fast as it should be, but am getting there. I know I need this. None of my instructors before this ever dealt with this.
I played it for about half an hour before getting into my Sonata section for this week, and then again when I finished with the Sonata For Cello. By then, my arm was sore, so I had to take a break.