Matt! You have made so much progress. Keep it up. Thank you for paying such close attention to all your notes.
Slurred string Crossings
- Work on the exercise even slower this week
- make sure the thumb is bent and relaxed
- metronome so it is slow enough = 55-60
- really focus on everything being as smooth as possible: no articulation when changing strings or changing bow direction
C major 2 octaves
- more exaggerated angleon the C string. tip should point AWAY from you and the cello
- on the A string, think of pointing the elbow and frog away when teh bow is at the tip
- much slower when doing one note per bow
- add two notes per bow: use half a bow per note, still using the full bow for the whole scale. Try not to stop the bow when changing notes or strings
Add two notes per bow to also G and D major
- when practicing still start with plucking or one note per bow, then add two notes when you feel comfortable and prepared.
Study book link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RZA-wSvxGmKW2WzaQnRrR9_tWfy9XUXW/view?usp=sharing
Twinkle solid bow
- practice without the thumb, think about hanging from the instrument to sink into the string. we aren’t squeezing or pressing with tension in ordering to find our pitch.
- the thumb will just hover behind the neck, our fingers will still be rounded.
- our thumb is just intended as a guide
- keep using the correct bow angle and 2/3rds
- make sure there is a traight line from the elbow to the wrist of the left hand. Think of the strength and weight coming from theupper arm/biceps. Adjust the angle so you dn’t need to flex your wrist.
- careful with pitch – tendency to be sharp
- listen for ringing 4th finger
- Add the bow: the bowing is as it comes. make sure all notes are connected. There are no rests or breaks between sections
- make sure the left hand isn’t slanted/angled
- G drone
Work on plucking Song of the Wind:
- careful t note have slanted hands
- listen for ringing 4th fingers