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Have really enjoyed reading through everyone's goals... made me think about it.
So, here is what I have come up with :
1) To KEEP PLAYING! As I've pointed out before, I had a couple of 'false starts' over the years, so NOT letting this fall to the way side is the most important. I had to take a LOA from work which has given me some extra time, but should soon be back to work, so will have to find a way to fit practice time in. But, I am determined...
2) To get to the end of Suzuki Book 1, with being able to play all of the included music at least relatively smoothly and with good intonation and timing.
3) To be able to get through to the end of Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Fiddling - also with being able to play all of the included music at least relatively smoothly and with good intonation and timing. This is advancing more than the Suzuki book, so not sure I will make it through all the way, so I don't want to get hung up on getting to the end - quality is more important than quantity. And I do play pieces not in these 2 books.
3) To be able to do at least simple chord accompaniment.
4) Finally, I have printed out a piece that is way above my current level but I really want to be able to play it well enough to present it to my Dad for his birthday in October. If I can play it fairly well it will really make him happy I know! Its pretty and it sounds like real fiddling, LOL. I'm sure not a really hard piece, but daunting for my current level.
There are other things, specific to techniques etc I guess, but I don't want to get TOTALLY boring! I look forward to re-reading this down the line and seeing how close I can come to my goals. Thanks for whoever started this thread.
Okay, so we're at the middle-of-the-year, here's for me :
- Goal 1 (better sound on C string and in higher positions) : goes to the bin. I changed my strings and got a rehair in february, and my sound now is not so bad – could be better, of course, but at least I don't feel like I'm struggling as much with the lower strings.
Note to self : next time you set goals, do the maintenance beforehand.
- Goal 2 (better contact-point control) stays the same. I don't think I'm doing much better on this one, but I have yet to actually work on it. I don't even quite know how I'll work on it.
The following weren't thought of as goals, but I worked on them and made a little progress :
- double stops (I was starting almost from scratch there)
- left hand 'agility'
- trills (in progress – starting from scratch too, it's not supposed to be too difficult, so working on it now and then)
At 2½ years into this, I'm just now starting to play a little cleaner, a little more in tune, a little in other positions & a little vibrato on all 5 strings.
🤗 1.) Just want to get better at what I've started.
🤗 2.) Think it's time I get serious about becoming a little more tech-savy!
I'd like to get familiar with my "Spark amp" (untouched for a year, since I bought it) - plus, my Brother just gave me a "Flamma FS21 Stereo Drum and Looper Pedal Editor" (for Christmas) - like to learn to use it, too! Then, there's all the associated software I would like to learn.
🤗 3.) Like to have fun getting to know my new 5 string Viola when it arrives.
...but I know 2022 will fly by and I'm not putting any pressure on myself, because I need flexibility in my life!
Well, I learned a little more on the 'tech' side. I switched to a Mini Spark & got it ready to use, installed a couple apps - but haven't actually used it, so not anywhere near as much progress getting comfortable with software as I would've liked. 😔
I love my viola, Edgar, but not sure if I should be depressed or happy that I recognized reasons to step back & work on some core issues with both my hands... time will tell!
Noticed I've become better at recognizing how different types/styles of music should feel/sound - and getting a much better grasp of what makes good music work!
I can easily see my priority for 2023!
Once in Royal David’s City played in third position with vibrato has absolutely not happened for me this year ! The closest I’ve got is to having the music and that is very simple in first position . I’m definitely further ahead that I was but next year I need to work on relaxing my left hand and intonation. I doubt I’ll go near third position but I’ll keep practicing vibrato. I’m still managing to practice several times a day so Im glad my enthusiasm is still there.
Looking back :
1) I'm feeling much more comfortable with my C string. I can even manage a semblance of vibrato there ! which was close to inexistent, or painful at least.
2) I think I'm getting used to the sound of my viola closer to the bridge, and I think my contact point is slipping less towards the fingerboard as a result. But as I haven't done a video in some time, I'm not really sure and maybe it's just as bad as before.
3) This was totally unexpected, but a video posted here recently has helped me tremendously improve my left hand position (wrist/thumb/fourth finger) – and quickly too ! I knew mine was not right, but thought it was a lost cause. Schradieck 1 actually turns out to be playable, and not just a torture session for the 4th finger. I think I have a chance of actually strengthening that finger now. It helps with the C string too (point 1 above).
4) I'm somewhat better at double stops.
Develop/enhance my vibrato.
Continue work on arpeggios. I've recently been working on this—it is improving my ability to read long strings of 16th notes. I would just get lost in in them – now I’m seeing the patterns better so my fingers don’t get tied up in them.
Reestablish my daily practice routine. For the last year, my practice has been kind of haphazard. I’ve made progress over the year, but I know I can make great strides if I return to what was my normal schedule prior to 2021 (i.e., at least 1.5-2hr a day, 6 days a week).
So, the end of 2022.
My vibrato has improved, but I still need work on it--seems to come more naturally sometimes, sometimes not.
Arpeggio work has been much better--I can see those longer strings of notes now.
Not sure about the daily routine. I practiced, but not on a more normalized schedule that I was aiming for. But, I do utilize my practice time better, zeroing in on what I need to focus on. So maybe I've not reestablish the daily practice routine I referred to above, but I am more efficient with my practice time.
Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.
Hmm. I've been extremely dissatisfied with my playing in the last two months and mostly just want to consistently sound somewhat competent. I especially need to work on: consistency of tone quality, eliminating my tendency to play everything slightly sharp, and playing off-the-string bow strokes more evenly and with less tension.
Goals for 2022: play consistently pain-free, and prepare at least one solo piece to where I can consistently sound decent playing it from beginning to end (all movements).
Well... I met both of my concrete goals, playing in two orchestras for the entire spring without pain issues, and performing the entire Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in July.
Although I haven't gained the ability to play anything I couldn't play a year ago, I'm playing similar things with a lot less shoulder tension, and that's important progress.
I'm still not happy with my bowing technique generally, and my intonation is still not as consistent as I'd like it to be. I'm still struggling a bit with collé bowing; supposedly it should help make those off-the-string bow strokes more relaxed. But I also haven't been able to practice consistently enough in general, because of a demanding graduate program in the spring, and post-COVID symptoms since August, so progress is slower even though I'm taking regular lessons.