September 30, 2010
A fairly short practice tonight.
Spent about 10 minutes on finger drills, adding metronome to the 4th one.
Worked a little bit on the #4 etude from the Lee book. The bariolage is starting to improve, however I can't seem to memorize the second half of the piece which makes playing it hard. Not being able to watch my hands at all means I get out of whack and my intonation goes to pot pretty fast.
Spent a few minutes playing Witches' Dance - mostly trying to play the hooked notes short enough. I tend to linger on some of them making them sounds more like triplets. Sibylle pointed out that I play the hooked notes at the start of The Two Grenadiers very lightly. So I tried playing the opening measure or two of Grenadiers and then the hooked passages from Witches'. It did seem to help.
Then for fun I figured out how to play Twinkle, Twinkle in F Major as per the Bb exercise in the book. This is the fourth key for Twinkle now: D, G, C, and F. A very versatile little piece.
Total time was probably under 30 minutes, and that was with a short break in the middle.