February 19, 2012
In just under two weeks I'll performing the Suzuki Cello version of Minute No. 3 in a string competition. This will be the first time I've performed with piano accompaniment, and the first time I've performed for critical comments. I've been practicing and playing my piece a lot in preparation, including playing with my wife's accompaniment. Getting used to playing with a piano is different than playing with another cello, as happens in my lessons.
I am pleased with where I am with these piece, given that I have 10 more days to polish it before the competition. Obviously there are lots of intonation mistakes I need to correct, and some rhythmic issues, particularly at the end of the Minuet 2 section of the piece.