During this lesson we went some technique.
- My thumb seems to move around a lot so we focused on making sure my thumb is secure on the neck, but of course, not squeezing!
- I've discovered that my hand feels more secure because my thumb typically "floats" above my cello neck and doesn't really touch the back of it
- Shifting seems to be easier because I can feel my cello pass beneath my thumb which helps me determine the amount of space I've moved my hand to shift
- For the next few days, Clayton recommended just bringing attention to the thumb while I play to see what it's doing
- Sustain my notes and use smoother transitions between bow changes.
- I tend to decay my notes. Clayton provided a few ways of thinking about this:
- Think of the bow going in diagonal lines
- Remember to feel the bow and string => this is what I like the best
- Think about releasing or relaxing the bow into the string
- The funny thing is, I like how decaying notes sound sometimes. A legato, consistent sound is kind of boring to me... maybe it's time to start bothering my teachers about doing vibrato again!
- In a few months, I know when I look back at the sentence about decaying notes and vibrato I'm not going to like it! ;)
- I was hitting the notes more consistently, but my rhythm was terrible. I really need to start counting instead of feeling how long a note should be! Not very accurate...Lol! :)
- Assigned the next piece: Skating
- This is a great book - highly recommended! :)