The Popper challenge is good for me. The Popper challenge is good for me. The Popper challenge is good for me...
I've slowly and systematically played through 1-15 in the High School of Popper. I guess you could say I'm in the teens, which I find extremely difficult. I'm a little behind the schedule I set for myself, with which I'm totally fine. The only problem will occur on Monday when we go back to school and I won't have as much time again. But I will stick to it! I have to say: this is working. I'm learning a whole lot about Her Majesty the HC and myself. My thumb callus peeled five days ago, then I was playing on raw skin, then a blister formed and now, that has popped. If I remember correctly from the last time I had to form a thumb callus (24 years ago), I should be pain free in about two weeks, with a nice thick skin on the side of the thumb. Meanwhile, I have to keep playing on it! Show biz is so glamorous.
Music has such time and place association, I've been through High School and my main home teacher's lessons, and I've moved on to College, where I learned the majority of these. I think about my teachers all the time and what they siad about this and that. I'm identifying gaps in my technique and keeping careful track, and when I'm at the end of the book I will go back for seconds, maybe memorize a few and make a goal to get them performance ready. I love all the double stop ones - even No.13. I hate the chromatic triadic thumb ones. I love that some of the ones that I have never learned I can still get pretty easily - they actually look a lot harder than they are. I remember it being the other way around, and that is a good thing.
I need to do more research on what has been written about the Poppers, in terms of level and what each etude is good for, I don't think I know enough. I think that might be one of my summer projects - for now, I'll concwn
Katri Ervamaa, cellist