I’ve been trying to figure out what my practice plan will be for right after my recital later this month. I figured I’d do some really basic things, trying to work out some tension that has crept into my playing, as well as some rudimentary intonation and bow technique work but I didn’t really have a plan of action. Today, while a student was playing through an etude in his Schroeder book I thought, “Hey, this would be a great place to go back and do all of those things!” So I’m going to pick an etude that one of my students is working on and let myself go back to basics on a different one every week. That way I can commiserate with them on the technical struggles of the etude while giving myself a review of the more elementary aspects of cello playing that often get forgotten as we tackle more difficult pieces. Sometimes simplicity is what we need.