And one of the strangest things I have discovered is that higher is not always better for shoulder rests. I have a long neck, and I thought having my shoulder rest at it's full 3inch height would be good, but I have found it actually puts stress of the back of my neck near where C1 meets the occipital bone, so it is high up the back of the neck.
So, I lowered my shoulder rest today. haha
Well, ever since my teacher went over the scales with me, I've had a difficult time not practicing them. My intonation has even gotten a lot better. I think that is the greatest thing that I will take away from this book.
Anyways, I've been working on my quartet music, too. My quartet is playing the andante from Schubert's String Quartet No. 13 in a minor "Rosamunde" and Bartok's (arr. Tibor Sedley) "From the Diary of a Fly" from the Mikrokosmos studies for piano. My quartet is meeting tomorrow to go over the pieces again because last Monday didn;t go as well as it could have.
This Monday, we have a masterclass with Christopher Rex, the principal cellist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. I hope learn as much from this week's masterclass as I did from our masterclass with Robert Spano.
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