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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Practice not going well!! *from Lost in Cello blog*

I Hate Practice - by the way: this is Charlie Brown

I have not practiced nearly as much as what I should have the last few weeks. I have a lesson next Tuesday and I am so not ready. I have not managed to memorise anything that B has given me; and I have not practices 4th position in any length.

I have no one to blame but myself.
I have found the heat distracting; basically I have been forgetting to get the fan out.
I have had a sore right hand; I was playing on my Nintendo DS too much
My arms got really heavy, really quickly; I have lacked the practice time for so long my arms are not used to staying in cello position any more.

I have to think to my self; why am I wasting my time and money doing this if I’m not going to follow through.

The idea of stopping is not at all pleasant. I love playing and learning the cello. But if I don’t pull my finger out and actually do the work I need to do and practice; then I don’t see the point.

This mind set of mine really gets on my nerves at times.

I know I have other things to think about and that is probably the real reason behind this lack of enthusiasm for cello practice.

I am going to see my doctor tomorrow for a referral to a surgeon so that I can have gastric banding surgery done. I am nervous and scared and excited and thrilled all at the same time. I have been thinking about this non-stop now for a while and have finally managed to get the money together that I’ll need to cover the costs that health insurance won’t cover – doctors charge an arm and a leg.

Once I have the referral I will then be able to make an appointment with a surgeon and take it from there.

Until that is all sorted, I have to concentrate on my regular life and not push myself further into the abyss. That means I need to stick to practice; concentrate on my music. It brings so much joy to my everyday life. I should embrace it; and not just push it away.

I need to go; mull over my cello and the wonders of it – hopefully that will help.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Vegie Patch *from Lost in Cello blog*

I know it’s not much to look at now; but it will just get bigger and better over time. I am using the Square Foot Garden method, and have only planted one box at the moment; I'll be doing the second one in a week or two so that I have some progression with the harvesting.

At the moment I have tomatoes; cucumber; carrots; lettuce; spring onions and capsicum. As well as some Marigold to help keep the pests away.

I have also planted an orange tree; this I have put into a half wine barrel. Looks really good; and I didn't have to try and dig a hole in the hard clay to plant it.

Cello News.

I bought a new music book today: Cello Time Runners; second book of easy pieces. I was given the first book by B when I started and I really enjoyed it; so I thought I would get the next one. It nice to be able to play the pieces with out too much strain and I love the simple tunes; even if they were meant for kids. Unlike my studies that B gives me; were I sometimes think my head is going to explode. At least; that's what it feels like when I'm trying too hard to understand something I knew in my last lesson.

Can't wait to try some of the music in it.

Bye for now.

Friday, February 12, 2010

4th Position *from Lost in Cello blog*


I have officially started to learn 4th position. B got me started at my lesson this week. I have to admit he was right when months ago he started me doing three octaves in the C major scale. Due to that I was not freaked out at all when he said we were going to start the 4th position on Tuesday night.

For the moment it is just playing the notes in 4th and having to say them as I play them so that I start to remember what they each are. And getting my hand to stretch across all four strings again in the new position. I'm looking forward to it though.

On other cello news; my memorising still leaves a lot to be desired. And the more songs in the Suzuki Cello book 1 that I do; the harder I find it to try and work out the music (B says I can't buy the book, and is getting me to learn all the music just by listening to the CD - I am thinking I may have to just buy the book any way as I'm up to the 7th song and I just find it REALLY HARD.) B is still sure I can do it and keeps pushing m to go on without the book.

I take it week to week and so far this method has gotten me to the 7th song with no need for the book - but once I have finished learning them all; I am going to buy the book so that I don't have to keep them all in my memory or try to read my terrible music script any more.

That's it from me today. It's 6:30am and I am about to start work - Thank God it's Friday.

Next Time I should have a photo of my new vegetable garden!