Posted: February 12, 2012
As it stands, I seem to be doing 'okay' (?) with playing tunes that are familiar to me without looking at anything other than the sheet music. My intonation and string crossings are awful, but my bowing stays straight as long as I'm not getting frustrated (elbow locks) I would'nt dare inflict the resulting noise on anyone, though.
Other than playing like that, I just have a habit of falling back on playing the same wrong notes time and again if I don't follow the score note to note. I think that's caused by a lack of mental alertness, and having not practiced some songs slowly enough to begin with.
With a bit more concentration, and by isolating the bowing (not using left hand) I'm hoping to 'clean up' the tone a lot. My finger still gives me a bit of trouble, so I'm having to tolerate the sound of lots of poorly stopped notes anyway.
At some point, that should be working okay, then I should be able to glance at the tapes on the fingerboard occasionally when I reach a section that sends my intonation off. Which is most of them! I'll also video myself, to check for nasty bowing when I reach those sections.
My main problem seems to be a persistant mental wooliness! I need to be almost gritting my teeth mantally, in order to avoid a sort of complacent, vacant mind set.
Jack, Karen and Eileen,
I like playing scales, I sound much better doing that. And I can watch my fingers, and name the notes and count half and whole steps as they come up. I can wobble my way through all the non-accidental major scales, some over 2 octaves, but I stopped last week when my 1st finger got painful, but I will go back to them once I have proved to my teacher that I can play the first 7 Suzuki songs through without stopping!
Playing in the dark is great for a tune that I know off by heart, with almost no possibility of mistakes. I don't know any that well! I did, now I've forgotten it, and can't find the music either.
I'm glad to hear you also don't type well! It's obviously not a coordination issue, so it doesn't mean I'll always have a hopeless left hand. AS you said, its all practice. (Now I did it...I'll leave that one in.)
I'll look up the 'Essentials' book, and also I'll get ' Rhythm a Week' a bit later on. In the meantime, I'll sight read other songs that I have recordings of. I whistle or hum when trying to read already, I think its helping me listen to my own sounds, too.
I'm finding that playing along with the Suzuki recordings is helpful, but only to help me 'polish' a peice. I can slow them down digitally, which helps, although some of them become very soporific!
Anyway, practice time awaits...