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I am doing a 35 day challenge on my cello
My challenge goal is to improve my intonation. As such, I will be concentrating on that for the next 35 days
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July 27, 2022 - 11:10 am
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I am doing Fiddlerman's 35 Day he created for violin with my cello. I started this morning. I will be concentrating on my intonation.

This morning I started with just slow bowing the open strings to hear what the open strings sound like. Sounds weird and like a waste of time, but I don't think I was ever able to really listen to their relationship to one another, or even what the pure sound of an open string sounds like. Lessons were always rush rush rush. I think this helped.

Then, I worked on the A and D strings, including the fourth position 3rd finger. This is because so many of the songs, even easy, could use playing the A on the D string, and many songs, especially ones I already do poorly, have the E on the A string. 

I also played 3 octave C scales, and 2 octave G scales. I didn't use a book for any runs, I just wanted simple scales, no fancy bowing. I played long slow notes, listening and paying attention to finger positions and how they felt. I worked hard at the shift from 1st to fourth to get the A on D and E on A strings. Starting this in fourth position, for me makes sense. I paid close attention to the slide up to 4th  and then getting back to 1st.

A version of Edelweiss that I have has me going from the D string to A string a lot. It only uses those two strings. It is good practice for what I am working on, for the most part. 

I will not be updating every day for the 35 days, but rest assured, I will be playing.

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July 29, 2022 - 2:43 pm
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I have been doing what I started the first day, see post above. My shoulder was sore today, so I could not play as much as I wanted. It was not getting me anywhere.

Instead of playing, I will be reading, "Principles of Violin Playing", by Ivan Galamian. What is in there, in a lot of cases, is applicable to the theory behind learning cello, or any instrument. At least, in these beginning pages.

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