I’m beginning to realize that 90% of my time on this instrument will be spent trying not to sound like a bug zapper.

Started another carol today (Angels We Have Heard On High) which is going to go much more slowly. I’m a bit bothered that all of them seem to be in G Major, though. I’d like a little more variety, just to get used to reading the strings in different keys. There are some three-note chords in the left hand on this one, and I’m doing what I can to make them as even as possible, which is a challenge. It doesn’t take much of a change in the placement of the third finger for the second to get lazy. I’m also using 4-2-1 for a particular chord in 3rd inversion since it makes it easier to avoid buzzing with 2.

I also did a bit of work around the circle of fifths (as much of that as you can do on a diatonic instrument) and did some arpeggios in different inversions, to get used to reaching in different configurations. It’s quite fun — somehow taxing and relaxing at the same time.

Also did some Alberti patterned stuff in two inversions in both hands — slowly — and some slow rolled chords as well.


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