Happy New Year Matthew. So great to see the progress you made over the break.
Tuning: always to 442hz, make sure you tune starting from the A string.
Slurred String Crossings
- angle on the C string could be a bit more exaggerated
- make sure to apply some rosin once a week :)
D major 4 notes per bow
- stop on the 4th finger on the A string Ascending adn check with the open D string
- practice without the left thumb. Feel as though you’re hanging off the cello
- use the arm to cahnge strings. Try not to manipulate the hand or wrist angle
- add the lower octave
- bring up left arm so the wrist isn’t bent in extended position
- thumb and 2nd finger move together. 1 – 2 is the extension. Don’t rotate the wrist to extend
- Practice with a D drone
- use the open strings to prepare the extension (descending)
- Connect the two octaves with plucking. If you feel comfortable, you can add one note per bow.
- fingering: 1×24 0 1×24 o 134 0 134
Study book for reading Bass clef
- keep in mind the left arm – make sure to lift the arm not the wrist
- 4th finger a little bit lower
- keep thinking about bow angle on the A string for long bows
- Next week – 88, 92, 102, and 107
- sing in your head before you start
- make sure you listen to the piece before or after you practice, It helps with memorizaiton
- isolate the eighth notes: start slow and speed them up. start with half a bar, then one bar, then two bars. Then put the whole line together under tempo and increase the tempo.
- Add the bow: marcato – an articulated stroke. equal down and up bows
- dolce – smooth connected bows
- diminiuendo – get softer (hairpin)
- fermata – semi circle with dott means sustained/pause
- rit. or ritardanto – means slow down