I??ve got a big concert coming up this Saturday, followed by a recording session a couple of weeks after that so I??ve kicked my practising routine into a higher gear this week. Under normal circumstances, when I??m teaching full time my practising tends only to be done in short bursts between lessons so it??s a real luxury to have several free hours each day to work on something. This afternoon I was working on the concerto I??m recording at the beginning of September and I really got into the groove, taking it to pieces and practising the smallest of sections ?? often only 2 or 3 notes at a time. I??d forgotten how satisfying this can be, especially when the results begin to show, although I think it drove Kevin to the limits of his patience as he worked on his course work upstairs! It reminded me of those TV murder mystery programmes where you see forensic scientists examining the tiniest details to identify the murderer so I decided to christen this musical technique ??forensic practising??! In honour of this I decided to take a suitably forensic photo of the end of one of my wooden recorders, showing every last detail of the texture of the wood, for today??s posting!
by Helen Hooker August. 17, 2009 3750 views