If I ever had any illusions that it would be possible to run out of things to do with a full two hours of practice time a day those illusions are now a distant memory. In fact, I’m learning, it’s quite possible to lose entire afternoons and evenings on four measures (or less) of the Allegretto and/or my new arch nemesis – the E minor scale.
For example, today’s practice session can be broken down as follows:
5 minutes – Long Long Ago (now thoroughly memorized) to check-in on the bowing and warm up the fingers
30 minutes Schroder #12 (aka warmup)
30 minutes E minor
45 minutes Allegretto
15 minutes G Major (just to make myself feel better after the debacle that was the E minor time)
Plus about 10 minutes of recording time, pre-play bow rosening and post-play string cleaning.
The upside, however is that even though E minor makes about as much sense to me as a walrus on a bicycle, it does sound right (according to my tuner), and I’m a little deliriously happy with how good the Schroeder piece sounds even though I’m nowhere near tempo.
In fact, that really is the only thing I’m a little concerned about: I’m nowhere near tempo in any of my pieces at the moment. Even Happy Birthday sounds somewhat like a funeral durge. I’m starting to wonder if I’m just a really slow learner and in my darker moments wondering if I will ever be able to play a piece at the speed for which it was written.
What makes me feel better about all this is the fact that I think I’m developing a pretty good ear, and ability to correct for pitch. Now, if only I could get up to speed.