For today's lesson, we played through the second page of double concerto together, mostly going through efficient fingerings and avoiding open strings to decrease jarring tones between phrases. When you're playing a phrase in a specific dynamic, let's say "pianissimo", you're taking care to keep the bowing consistent to achieve a soft sound throughout. If the last note is playable on open string and you choose to play it so, that note will stick out like a sore thumb from the entire phrase unless you are really careful and masterful about your execution; a note played on an open string will resonate to its full extent and you will also be unlikely to apply vibrato to it, thus ending the soft phrase abruptly.
Today I learned that number markings on a scoresheet are tutti, which means, "all" or "the entire orchestra", so you're playing a non-solo part. At this point I brought up tutti-frutti which I now know means, all of the fruit - haha!
And now, György Ligeti's Solo Sonata by Ildiko Szabo :}
Learning the cello as an adult started as a dare but has now turned into an ongoing love affair; I hope to one day make her sing to her full potential. In the meantime, all spare time and moments are dedicated to this wonderful instrument as I am unable to think about anything else, much to the dismay of my other half :}
This is an attempt to remember the classes I have taken so that I don't forget.