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Mendy Smith

Day 5

February 7, 2009 at 3:23 AM

My viola hickey is becoming more pronounced and the grooves on my fingertips are taking longer to disappear after practicing.

After job-hunting this morning, I spent the remainder of my day practicing.  First the four scales my teacher and I picked for the audition, focusing in on my intonation, tone production and quality of shifts.  I skipped my etudes and went straight towards the most difficult section of the Bloch, fixing a few wrong notes and working through the sudden tempo changes.  There is one section that I seem to always get my bowing backwards, ending on an up-bow vs. down-bow like I should.  So that section got repeated several times until my bow-arm formed a memory of its own. I then played the piece through once last time entirely from memory. 

I put Bloch aside to try to decide which of the Bach Suites I will submit .  After playing through ALL of the Suites that I have learned up until now (which took longer than I had expected), I picked #3 Prelude, #3 Sarabande and #5 Allemande as the top three most likely pieces. I spent the remainder of the evening re-familiarizing myself with these movements. 

By the end of the evening, I still hadn't decided which Bach to submit.  So, I'll practice all three over the weekend and perform them for my teacher on Monday to get his opinion. 

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