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
Riad al-Sunbati taqsim nahawand
I spent the entire hour learning two tiny phrases of this taqsim (improvisation). I have trouble with my aural memory, so I listened to 10 seconds of it over and over and over again. First I just listened, then I listened while trying to figure out left hand fingerings, and then I added the bow. Several times I forgot what I had just played. And I was getting annoyed with myself for taking so long to learn such a short thing.
I also briefly revisited the Vivaldi, which is feeling more solid. It's weird, I don't know where I look when I'm not looking at the sheet music. Maybe I'm looking at my left hand? That's a habit I'll want to break soon.
Here is the taqsim so far.
Played it at half tempo, then full tempo. Went back to half tempo but used dotted rhythms. I was kind of messing around with the different tempi... I could have been a lot more efficient if I had chosen a strategy from the outset. On the plus side, the first page is almost memorized.
Shifting back is the hardest part. I'm learning to be more conscious of what part of my finger is in contact with the fingerboard, since that really affects my intonation.