Since having the lesson with my teacher’s teacher, I’ve largely been working on basics: open string bowing, practicing bowing without extensions, shifting, etc. while trying to implement the new understanding I have. I’ve heard significant improvement, but the more complicated piece I try to play, the more it all falls apart. So, I’ve hardly been working on my songs this week. As soon as I would start reverting to old habits, I would stop and do exercises for whatever the problem was and try again. While slow and painful, this has yielded better technique while playing.
Today I decided to pull out the etude book, which I’ve largely been ignoring, just like the pieces I’m supposed to be working on (who knew I could spend so much time bowing open strings?) Being me, I go straight for the etudes that I love, which are also the ones I have the most trouble with — some I’ve never even finished playing because of the frustration I experience while working on them. (What does this say about me?) Not only do they start off sounding a thousand times better, but I could actually finish them. Granted, they weren’t flawless, but they’re much better. These skills I’ve been working on seem to be quite transferable, which means I must be doing something right, right?