I don’t mind if you play cello or violin, I can discuss about practicing with everybody 😊. I think everyone is tired to this lockdown anyway and needs some motivation for practicing.
I’m fortunate because the covid19-situation is quite good in my country now. Our music school will open next week, and I’m so happy. I feel I have pushed my limits so far I can during this spring and summer and now I really need help to get further.
Ps. My thumb was better today. I played only scales and some etudes very slowly, and the thumb stayed in nice position. It’s boring but probably best what I can do now. At least I can surprise my teacher with brilliant scales. 🤪
@Mouse , no cello lessons anymore? Oh, I’m just surprised. 😮
@starise , I should practice that too 😄 I just heard that I’m going back to my work on wednesday next week. I have been at home since April, my employer had no job for me because of covid-19. I don’t know what to think now! Of course going back is good but it will be huge change to my current daily routines too.
The worst problem to be solved is how can I wake up at 3.30 in the morning to go work at 4.30. 😬 (Well, not everyday but quite often.) And how to stay awake after that? 🤪
Also I don’t have so much time for my cello when I’m working, so I have to find new routines for practicing.
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Wow ... you're all so experienced! I'm enjoying the Suzuki book 1 and 2, not ready for book 3 yet. I'm also enjoying Schroeder etudes, well the easier ones at least. I also have some transposed violin and piano music with fairly easy pieces. I have so many technique problems that it's probably not time yet to try to progress to more difficult pieces.
I'm quite happy plodding along at my own (slow) pace.
I'm not in lockdown, and working extra shifts due to staff shortages, so staying at home the rest of the time is a treat for me.
If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right.
I found better position for my right hand thumb, and playing is smoothly again. 👍🏻
I thought I can’t start any new piece before I will see my teacher, but I was wrong. 😄Because the thumb is ok again, I decided to check out Marcellos sonata in e minor Adagio and Allegro from Suzuki book 4. I listened them couple of times and watched few different videos. Adagio has a bit of a challenging rhythm, but Allegro is just fun to play.
I wish I will soon get also something different than suzuki pieces to play. I like most of them, (well, I skipped one from book 3 and one from book 4, because I just don’t like them) and those has been very practical during this quarantine, because it’s so easy to watch examples from youtube. Following these books is also easy way to find pieces that are suitable for my current level.
My ambition has grown as my skills has grown. I love to learn playing cello and I really want to reach as far as possible. I feel this is just a start!
I had my cello lesson today! It was great, I have waited so long for this. I got also super hard homeworks but I don’t mind, I’m just in so good mood that everything feels easy.
So my new goals are A Tear by Mussorgsky and one Dotzauers etude. Well, actually just two first rows of that etude, we will look more next week. There is some difficult double stops and I need time to figure out how I can put my fingers on the correct places.
I'm also a little confused about this all. 🤔 It is very clear now that my skills have already surpassed my daughters skills. I have made about 6-7 years progress since January! My teacher said that my daughter won't play these pieces for a couple more years. 😳
I never imagined anything like this when I started. I have only one question: why my parents didn't let me play as a child? If I can do progress like that at age of 38, where I would be if I had played all my life? Actually I don’t really want to think about it too much, I just want to enjoy this all to the fullest every moment.
I haven’t written anything here in a while ... I found a great Facebook group for cellists like me, and started actively following it. But I'm not going to forget you all!
I have enjoyed so much of my lessons when they finally started! After three lessons I feel that I have energy to learn whatever!
My Dotzauer etude is making great progress, I have practiced it almost to the end. My goal to next week is to play it from start to the finish.
The piece which I´m practicing is also in very good shape. I almost memorize it, there is only tiny part left that I don´t always remember without looking the sheet music. And one little detail still need attention - I have to figure out how to do nice vibrato with 1st finger in 3rd position. It´s hard for some reason, but this piece definitely needs it. I got very good advices and I´m almost there. The key is the thumb - again...
I have some significant news about my lessons!
My teacher wanted to move me from adults level to an actual student of the music school. Usually they take only kids, but he talked to the headmaster and they made a desicion to take me in!
This changes my situation in many ways. The biggest change is the duration of my lessons, it's now 45 minutes when it earlier was only 30 minutes. That's so great! More time to learn everything
I'm so happy and excited, this is going to be so wonderfull year! My dream is really becoming true!
Thank you all!
My teacher gave me a new piece to practice, Valse Sentimentale by Tchaikowsky. It’s so beautiful! And of course it has some very tricky parts...
Just now I feel like I have some kind of a mental lock with one certain note. Sounds stupid, and it is! 😬 I have to go up to the 7th position on the A-string and play B, but for some reason I can’t trust I will find it. I have double and triple checked with the tuning app, that I know exactly where this note is and I hit to it every time, but I'm still not able to rely on my own ears. Very frustrating! But it will come, I know. Just more practicing! 👍🏻
We started also to play the scales. I have to learn a bunch of them to the exam I’m going to do. Two octave scales without the open strings, so lots of shifting required. 👍🏻
Yeah, shifting is normally not hard at all, I like it and I can do it.
This sliding up to the 7th position is just new thing for me with this piece and I need to do some work before I get it. I will.
@Mouse I’ll try to slide back and forth to teach my ears, it should help. 😄
My cello teacher has stayed on the sick leave couple of weeks and I don’t know when he will be back...😔 I have had a substitute teacher, and next week there will be a new teacher again. It’s a little confusing...🙄 I just got used to this first substitute teacher, and now we need to start over again.
The biggest problem is just that, because of course nobody else than my own teacher knows me, what I’m doing and what I need. We were supposed to choose the pieces and etudes (2 of both) to my exam before his sick leave. Of course no one else can choose these for me, so I’m stuck with my old homeworks and can’t get forward. 🤔
The first substitute teacher gave me very good advices and also new perspective for some things and I’m gratefull of that! But I think you know that feeling when playing just that same over and over...