My cello teacher, Luna, arranged The Turtles’ “Happy Together” for two cellos. I played the melody. Mostly by ear; if I know how a simple melody sounds, I don’t need to check the sheet music very often. Luna can always tell when I’m doing it, too, because I don’t hesitate the same way as when I’m sight reading. So that was fun, and I got to learn how to extend back into a flat — which wasn’t hard, although I want to work on muscle memory with my drone app, to make sure I’m getting the right pitch.
I started learning second position. Awesome! I have an etude for that to work on. I’ll also be using the drone app here. I need to learn to sight read higher notes, way above the lines. Otherwise it gets too confusing when I try to remember which position I’m supposed to be in.
And we started a cheerful bit of Mozart, too. I don’t have a problem with the rhythm, but the bowing is a bitch to learn. Alllll the slurs. Slow ones. Fast ones. Ones with three notes, ones with two… I have a feeling it’ll be easy to play once I get the bowing down.
So: excellent lesson, and I’m sad that it’s been four weeks since my last one. I’m already looking forward to next week!