I’ve got so much to tell you and I’ve been posting so little. So this may be a little bit all over the place, and I’ll probably forget a lot of what I wanted to write.
First off, lessons. Matt told me last week that he was starting to feel worthless because I figure out so much on my own and I actually practice. Apparently, adult students, as a general rule, don’t practice. Though I’m not sure why he’s feeling worthless because I spent almost the whole half hour bombarding him with questions that I had the weekend I was with my sister.
The good part about asking questions, is that you get answers. The bad part, is that it gives Matt ideas on how to torture me. Several of my questions involved different hand positions on the finger board (eg. how to play an F sharp, what the shift keys on my music mean…). So, Matt decided that I need to start practicing in multiple positions. He explained them very well; I’m just feeling a little bit overwhelmed.
I know its good to get used to the different techniques. I just need to stop whining and do it. Also, he’s taking this week off so I have two weeks to practice it. He gave me a bit longer of a piece to practice so that I can have it perfected before he sees me again.
He is also becoming a counting nazi. I actually blame my sister on this one. He was asking me how things when with her and where she was with her studies. I told him how awesome she’s doing, but that she doesn’t count which makes harmonizing different parts difficult. So, now, he’s being relentless on my own counting. I felt like I was in 6th grade again.
On another note, new music. I got on imslp.org and was downloading some sheet music for my sister, her friends, and I to play. Its way beyond our skills at this point, but its nice to have some goals to work toward. I was playing with sight-reading through some of them on Friday, and I must admit, I did better than I thought I would. Of course, my parts are pretty easy compared with the Violin and Viola parts, as the Cello is playing the base line in a lot of them. Still, felt pretty good.
Another note, practicing. I was very bad about practicing this weekend. I have tons of excuses for Saturday. Gem Expo, family, pick up family from airport, pick up more family from airport, clean house, shower. Terrible, I know. Sunday, I was just lazy. What a terrible excuse! Well, that and I was playing around all day with going on an Allergy Elimination Diet. Plus, I just had to go walk in the park in the rain. I considered bringing my cello and playing under this gazebo that hangs out over the water since there was no one else in the park, but I was scared to bring Evinrude out in such weather. I would have been tempted if it was maybe 5 degrees warmer. Hmmm, maybe in a few weeks. It was a perfectly artistic spring shower though.
See, I’m already forgetting stuff. I know there was more.
My mom got to meet Evinrude this past Saturday. He impressed her as he is so good at doing to everyone he meets. She brought her psaltery with her and was using my chromatic tuner to get it more play worthy. Sadly, she broke two strings and now its hanging at the guitar shop around the corner from my house. Hopefully they can fix it for her.
I won’t have much time to practice tonight, but I will manage at least a half hour to work on my assignment for Matt. It MUST be perfect. I’m determined.
Oh, I remember, I did some recording of my juvenile scratchings on poor, perfect Evinrude. I haven’t gotten a chance to go over the recordings to see if I’m going to post any or not because I refuse to go through them while there is someone else around to hear. Maybe I can do it tomorrow morning at work before any of my co-workers come in. I will post something at some point though.
I’m gonna say that’s all for now. I’m sure I’ll remember more as soon as I hit the publish button. I guess that’s why they gave me that handy-dandy edit button. Go figure.
*Edit: I knew I’d forget something. My sister’s little buddy Crystal is coming to see me this Saturday! She plays the violin, so we get to geek out at the strings shop and over music and I’m so excited!