Hey look, it's Tuesday! Better get off my ass and practice!
On my ass is where I was for pretty much three straight days this past weekend. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday all went the same way: I got up, watched TV, messed around on the internet, and dawdled until evening plans made me leave the house. Monday was only slightly different due to a touch of atonement and fasting. I figured all that time spent not eating would open up my schedule for other things, such as practicing, but no. My body wanted nothing more than to sit in a chair staring at a glowing box all day, much like I do on weekdays.
So we once again arrive at Tuesday evening, the night before rehearsal, and I once again haven't looked at the music in six days. I asked my friend Kate if she'd been reading my blog and she admitted that it's kind of a downer. I agree. In my blog I do nothing but bemoan my lack of discipline and the consequential lack of improvement. I pledge to fix that. The only way to fix that is to practice more. Look at all of the things practicing fixes!
Tonight's practice session was a half-hour long. After a few scales, I decided to start with the Brahms, since I didn't get to it last time, and I did horribly on it at rehearsal last week. That was a mistake. The Brahms is very difficult, and it discouraged me right away. I then went through the Russian Dance from The Nutcracker, and most everything else I either tacit on or playing the piano. Wanting to raise my spirits, I indulged in some memorized pieces written for other instruments. I played the right hand of a Bach Minuet, one of the violin parts in the Bach Double Violin Concerto (down an octave and a fifth), and the first violin part of Bach's Fugue in G Minor (down an octave and a fifth), just as much as I could remember.
I almost wish I weren't in an orchestra. The orchestra music is not beginner's music. I'd really like to start from the beginning, with a teacher, and not have to worry about this music that is above my level. A private teacher is laughably out of the question right now as I can barely find the time to sit down and practice, let alone have a lesson.
I'll try for a cheery post next time. :)