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2023 Goals for Viola and Cello, and Music Theory
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December 13, 2022 - 9:44 am
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For you violists and cellists out there, what are your goals for 2023? What do you want to improve on? What new techniques do you want to learn? What do you want to do with your cello this year?

Join the forum and state your goals. Use the goals list as incentive to get it done this year. At the end of the year, come back to this post and and see how you did.

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December 13, 2022 - 9:46 am
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My goals for 2023 are: (I am not going to mention vibrato and intonation as they are a constant every year.)

I need to be able to play in something other than 4/4, so I need to pick another time signature. I just had major issues with a waltz, so I think I need to try to learn a waltz on each instrument.

I need to learn to bow my cello better, especially that dastardly C string. 

I want to pick a song on my violin, viola and cello (either different songs or the same on 2 or all 3 instruments) and work on it and have it be able to be played smoothly by the end of 2023.

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December 15, 2022 - 7:34 pm
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For me it is to truly get started learning my new Cello. I hope to sign up for lessons ($99 a month) at a local Music shop (Palen Music in Springfield, Mo) so I do not teach myself bad habits.

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December 23, 2022 - 4:14 pm
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I hope you are able to get the lessons. You will definitely enjoy it.

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December 29, 2022 - 4:23 pm
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Good luck with the lessons @EdwardMH ! Please tell us how it goes :--) 

Plenty of goals with my viola, I'll pick among the following, since I don't think I'll manage them all :

1) work on fast(er) détaché, which means improving left/right hand coordination (or brain/hands coordination). Slurs have always felt easier because only one hand to manage.
I'm thinking the Telemann viola concerto (mvt 2, or mvt 4 - which I prefer) might be good in order to practice that.

2) Get better at double stops (in-progress)

3) Improve 4th finger strength and general left hand position (in-progress)

4) Practice vibrato 'seriously' : at different speeds with a metronome, all 4 fingers if possible. My vibrato is a bit random, not controlled.
I'm not too sure I'll manage to apply myself to it.

5) More broadly, improve musicality. I should try to decide how I want a phrase to sound like in detail, and actually listen to what's coming out of my instrument. Play more "cleanly". 

If it helps me, maybe start a 'blog' ? and do more videos (/audio) to track progress or lack thereof.

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