A sticky situation at orchestra
Maestro: (entering the high school band room where our pops orchestra practices) "It feels like a sauna in here."
It was so hot and humid you could taste it. And it tasted like "school." The oscillating fan didn't help much except to occasionally blow the sheet music off the stand.
But the real problem was that I couldn't make my left hand slide up and down the fingerboard. My thumb was practically glued to the neck and my fingers were stuck in "first." Shifting became a nightmare.
Was it the heat? An accumulation of rosin? Contact with the unidentified sticky substance lurking on my music stand? Soap residue because I rushed and didn't rinse my hands adequately in the scary pitch black (now that "school-was-out-for-summer") girls' room.
Back in the band room I desperately tried pouring some of my Poland Spring over my left hand, but that didn't help much. It got a little better after the first hour of playing, but by then we'd already run the program in preparation for our outdoor concert next week.
Fortunately I was able to clean the fingerboard and neck when I got home, and it all feels normal now. I will most definitely be more disciplined about cleaning my cello after each practice session from now on. I'm also going to make sure I'm better prepared to clean everything off in the band room when necessary.
Labels: orchestra rehearsal