Here it is from memory at quarter = 70. Tomorrow I will listen to the recording, identify trouble spots, and refine those before starting to speed things up.
Various events have conspired to make me skip my stretching routine for the past couple of days. Normally I do some yoga and work with a fitness ball for about 20 minutes before practicing. Skipping that has not been feeling good for my tendons.
In Vivaldi land, I am focusing on transitions. Once I get into a passage it's easy enough; starting the right section takes brain power.
Based on several recordings, I believe my tempo goal is quarter = 100.
I kind of memorized it! (As long as I play it slowly.)
At the beginning of this practice session I was despairing over how I could ever memorize a piece that is so boring. It's just the right mix of repetition and noodling to make it really hard to remember.
I tried to blend strategy (looking at the music- what sections are repeated? is there a good way to remember this bowing pattern?) with brute force practicing (as long as the notes are on tune, repeat a small section over and over). And by the end of a one hour practice session, it is somehow memorized. Goes to show that sometimes the most impossible-seeming tasks are not that hard if I just try it!
Spent an hour polishing the pieces for tonight's Miras Project concert at BC. It's gonna be really fun to play all this Egyptian music, but mostly I'm looking forward to the belly dancer!
Meeting this morning, and cat sitting tonight... I feel guilty. And also antsy. I would have liked to practice!
I'm ashamed to report that I spent 10 minutes of my practice time this morning photographing my rosin in the sunlight. And then I didn't get to my second practice hour because I realized I needed to make dinner. I must get better at planning ahead!
today I broke down the improvisation into parts and wrote down the phrase number along with the times on the recording I'm working off of. I'm such a visual person, and I wanted to make sue I was correctly pacing myself so I could learn the whole thing before my lesson on Wednesday. it turns out there are seven parts (according to me) and I've learned six of them.
actually, I think today's real accomplishment was looking at my really long list of things to so and then practicing first.
I've been looking at Jeffrey Solow's
Guide to the Standard Cello Repertoire. These are the pieces I own from his Etudes and Studies section. I have to suppress the urge to buy all the other books on the list, and maybe work on what I have...
On the practice docket today: i finished learning the Sunbati taqsim.
it still sounds like I'm thinking really hard about the notes. I'll keep working on it!
Practiced the taqsim for my lesson, and now I have to learn the next part.
Started practicing the Cossmann trill exercises... my left forearm already hurts, so I'm going to have to be more careful.
I'm glad I built a day off (Saturdays) into my practice schedule. Normally it's a big teaching day for me, but this post-Thanksgiving Saturday was busy because of time with family and my ten-year high school reunion. It was a lot of fun to see everyone, and I'm glad I didn't have to feel guilty about not practicing.
Back in the practice room today, I made a little more progress with