In addition to starting new stories yesterday (while working on the current ones) I also started new music…new for me that is. I opted to not start with the 1812 Overture, which is the first piece in this book…instead, I skipped to one of my favorite Bach pieces, Minuet in G. I figured, I learned how to play it on violin so I should be able to play it on cello too. Well, yeah…it’s a tough one. I’m focusing on the first sixteen measures right now which keeps me in first position. I like first position. First position is my friend. I’m okay in fourth too. Actually I’m okay in third and second, but when I have to shift between all of them…well, not so much on the okay front there. I shift too slowly, and sometimes I’m not very accurately shifting from fourth back to second, so I need a lot of work on that (a lot more work I guess I should say). Unfortunately, Minuet in G, after the first sixteen goes into that lovely shifting positions thing that sounds great when other cellist do it, but sucks–big time–when I do it.
I’m also working on Brahms, Lullaby. It sounds good actually. Of course it helps that it’s in a solid first position so there’s no shifting. Things that need work here are my dynamics. I always laugh and say I have two dynamics when it comes to music, Loud, and Louder. So I play mf and f very well, but clearly Lullaby is in mp (mezzo-piano) so I should be moderately soft, not moderately loud, or louder. It’s also an Adagio piece so it should be slow, not fast. Much like my talking, I need to slow down. Those are semi easy fixes, unlike my lack of speed with shifting positions which is going to take a lot of practice…and I’ve been practicing most of the year already :(.
I think most of my problem is that I’m comparing myself to when I learned to play violin. I was much better with that in a much shorter time, and I practiced far less than I practice cello. My other problem is that I just want it too badly. Is that really a problem? I think it can be. I think because I know where I want to be as a cellist, and I see that I’m so far from that goal, that I can’t really appreciate the accomplishments I’ve made thus far. Seriously, when I first started I thought the cello was on the same clef as the violin and…surprise! It’s not. So I learned how to read a new clef. I learned more…or more like I remember more…about music theory and reading music by sight without writing in the note names above the drawn note, than I did when I played violin. I’ve made progress. And if I would stop comparing myself to how I played when I was on violin, or where I want to be with my cello playing, and start just focusing on where I’m at and what I’ve learned, maybe I could appreciate the minor accomplishments I’ve made so far.
On top of music I have pinned all the pieces for my next outfit. I’m making a dress (an everyday one; not another formal dress) and another corset…but I want to try buttons on the corset this time. I hope that works…it might not. I might want to think about that some more before I do it. Oh…and I learned that when you’re not bloated it is so much easier to get the corset on. Basically I managed to get into it today without help so I think that means I’ll drop the new “I need to lose weight” talk.
I know, that’s a lot of blog about everything other than writing…okay, maybe I’ll give a little update on writing. I did start a few new stories this weekend. I was in the kitchen cooking dinner when I thought of a great new storyline (that has nothing to do with dinner), so I stopped to write about one thousand words of it. Then I was prepping my dress pattern when I thought of another great storyline, so I stopped to write part of that down too. I was working on Vendetta, book eight in the Men of Action series, and I thought of the perfect part for the next story in the book, so I stopped to write that too…Seriously, my brain just never stops conceiving stories. I have so many of them to work on now, so I think I’m going to be busy for a while. I just hope I can get through some of them before my creative imagination gives birth to another story ;).
I hope you all had a great weekend, spent time with those you love, and managed to stay safe this holiday season.