Category Lesson Notes

Shifting and a Birthday

Despite being extremely short on practice time these past couple of weeks, as well as skipping last week’s lesson entirely, yesterday’s lesson went well. We continued to dig into the Vivaldi Concerto, and I’m now working with over half of it.  Position shifting is rising to the surface as the most important skill I need […]

On to Vivaldi

I’ve known of “The Vivaldi Concerto” in Suzuki Book Four for a long time – a Youtube video I watched quite early in my musical journey referenced it in an off-handed way prior to me knowing much of anything about Suzuki or music in general.  But I do my homework and tend to read well […]

One Hand Clapping

Prior to yesterday it had been three weeks since my last lesson – Teacher cancelled one, then I was away unexpectedly last week.  But in the meantime, I had been working on my bow hold, which we focused on when we last met as paramount to improvement in my execution of double stops.  To the […]

Memorization and the Play-Through

Getting to the spot in a new piece of music where I can play it through without stopping is always a thrill.  After yesterday’s lesson I am much closer on this newest piece – we worked through the remaining section of the Third Movement of Seitz’s Fifth Concerto, a flowing stretch of slurred sixteenth notes […]

Piu Mosso

Teacher holds my hand and wiggles it – the vibrato project progresses.  Looser, looser, looser.  The instrument still wiggles too, a little bit.  But not like it used to.  “Pinkies are the worst,” Teacher says.  I don’t need to agree verbally – the tiny appendage really doesn’t wiggle at all for me.  Well, it might […]

Duets and Moving On

Tuesday’s lesson was a blast – Teacher brought some music so we could play duets.  First we did the Seitz 5, the first movement – the movement I’ve been working on as my newest piece for a good while now.  The accompaniment part she played is based on the piano accompaniment included on the Suzuki […]

Vibrato Times Two

For two weeks in a row now we’ve zeroed in on vibrato in my lessons.  I’ve been working with the technique for over a year now, in fits and starts, and I can’t deny that I’ve made some real progress – but I still have so far to go.  This is my mantra with the […]