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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Some of you may have noticed that I fell off the wagon with my practice videos. Things got really intense as I was preparing for my concert, and what I really needed was to get out of my head. As musicians we spend SO much time alone, criticizing ourselves, and it can be easy to lose perspective. I definitely got too close to things and needed to stop over-analyzing. There's a lesson to be learned there! So with a bit of healthy space and some break-throughs in lessons, I'm ready to get back into it when I get back home. Looking forward to sharing some of the things I've learned and hearing your thoughts, too! #100daysofpractice .
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Some of you may have noticed that I fell off the wagon with my practice videos. Things got really intense as I was preparing for my concert, and what I really needed was to get out of my head. As musicians we spend SO much time alone, criticizing ourselves, and it can be easy to lose perspective. I definitely got too close to things and needed to stop over-analyzing. There's a lesson to be learned there! So with a bit of healthy space and some break-throughs in lessons, I'm ready to get back into it when I get back home. Looking forward to sharing some of the things I've learned and hearing your thoughts, too! #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musical #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #growing #space #learning #back

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram So, so grateful to @orpheuschamberorchestra for a truly wonderful collaboration on a beautiful arrangement of Arpeggione Sonata. Thanks to @omd17 for the gorgeous photos!! #seriousface
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So, so grateful to @orpheuschamberorchestra for a truly wonderful collaboration on a beautiful arrangement of Arpeggione Sonata. Thanks to @omd17 for the gorgeous photos!! #seriousface . . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #orchestra #photography #lovemyjob

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Had an amazing time giving a masterclass at SUNY Purchase yesterday!! Many thanks to the awesome students who were so great to work with and put up with my antics, Julia Lichten and @orpheuschamberorchestra for making it happen, and @omd17 for the great photos!!
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Had an amazing time giving a masterclass at SUNY Purchase yesterday!! Many thanks to the awesome students who were so great to work with and put up with my antics, Julia Lichten and @orpheuschamberorchestra for making it happen, and @omd17 for the great photos!! . . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musical #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #students #class #suny #teaching

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 17: today's practice session was sponsored by beer and chocolate. I want my Bach to be elegant, but I was obviously muscling my way through it instead. Will try harder tomorrow. #100daysofpractice
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Day 17: today's practice session was sponsored by beer and chocolate. I want my Bach to be elegant, but I was obviously muscling my way through it instead. Will try harder tomorrow. #100daysofpractice . . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musical #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #latenight #growing #beer #chocolate

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day whatever: well this is exceedingly painful to watch - I'm so sorry. Doggedly plugging along is not glamorous or interesting.  #100daysofpractice .
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Day whatever: well this is exceedingly painful to watch - I'm so sorry. Doggedly plugging along is not glamorous or interesting. #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musical #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #latenight #growing #whatever #boring #sucks

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 15: a couple months ago I decided I should work my way through Popper etudes again. I never actually did all of them, and it's always beneficial to challenge yourself, even if it's  SUPER ANNOYING. #100daysofpractice .
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Day 15: a couple months ago I decided I should work my way through Popper etudes again. I never actually did all of them, and it's always beneficial to challenge yourself, even if it's SUPER ANNOYING. #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #latenight #growing #challenge

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 14: no video today, unfortunately, but I have a good reason! This morning I had a voice lesson with my teacher, the amazing and inspirational @bergenbaker , who realized that the tension I hold in my jaw was sabotaging my attempts to make a sound. When I got home and it was time to practice cello, I wondered if my jaw tension could have effects on my playing that I wasn't aware of. So I started playing around with clenching my jaw and completely releasing it (it took watching some self-massage videos and lying on the floor to get my jaw to finally, totally release), trying to observe how it made everything else feel. Turns out when you clench your jaw, you're not just using your jaw muscles but also your neck muscles, which in turn pulls your shoulders up. Bam! Another piece of my shoulder/neck pain solved! All that to say, I spent most of the day with my mouth hanging open, so it was not a pretty sight. I also was working on Arpeggione slowly again because without the tension everything felt different. #100daysofpractice .
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Day 14: no video today, unfortunately, but I have a good reason! This morning I had a voice lesson with my teacher, the amazing and inspirational @bergenbaker , who realized that the tension I hold in my jaw was sabotaging my attempts to make a sound. When I got home and it was time to practice cello, I wondered if my jaw tension could have effects on my playing that I wasn't aware of. So I started playing around with clenching my jaw and completely releasing it (it took watching some self-massage videos and lying on the floor to get my jaw to finally, totally release), trying to observe how it made everything else feel. Turns out when you clench your jaw, you're not just using your jaw muscles but also your neck muscles, which in turn pulls your shoulders up. Bam! Another piece of my shoulder/neck pain solved! All that to say, I spent most of the day with my mouth hanging open, so it was not a pretty sight. I also was working on Arpeggione slowly again because without the tension everything felt different. #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #latenight #growing #massage

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 13: bringing back Cassado. I had a LOT of trouble getting a video done today.  Was feeling insecure about how I sound and was considering giving up when I decided to try something I actually like to play (imagine that). Arpeggione is beautiful, but it makes me feel like a bad player. And since I've been working on it so much I think my psyche needed a break. Also my vibrato is too slow. It never ends.  #100daysofpractice .
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Day 13: bringing back Cassado. I had a LOT of trouble getting a video done today. Was feeling insecure about how I sound and was considering giving up when I decided to try something I actually like to play (imagine that). Arpeggione is beautiful, but it makes me feel like a bad player. And since I've been working on it so much I think my psyche needed a break. Also my vibrato is too slow. It never ends. #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #latenight #growing

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 12: just warming up for a run-through at my house. Another thing that we're always told to do but almost never do is running things through in front of friends. I bought some donuts and champagne and had friends over to be my forgiving first audience tonight - it was so helpful!!! When you perform something you get a bit nervous- there's no getting around it - so it's helpful to know what happens when you're in the thick of it. I noticed myself rushing in a few places, and it became very clear which parts are the least secure. I highly recommend doing it!! #100daysofpractice .
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Day 12: just warming up for a run-through at my house. Another thing that we're always told to do but almost never do is running things through in front of friends. I bought some donuts and champagne and had friends over to be my forgiving first audience tonight - it was so helpful!!! When you perform something you get a bit nervous- there's no getting around it - so it's helpful to know what happens when you're in the thick of it. I noticed myself rushing in a few places, and it became very clear which parts are the least secure. I highly recommend doing it!! #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #latenight #friends

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 11: tired and headachy, but getting it in. Sorry there's not much energy here! Even so I still learned something from watching this. Overall it's feeling a little more comfortable, so I'm a little more relaxed. That's good. But there a few notes that stick out because they don't have vibrato and are out of tune. I didn't notice it when I was playing, so it just goes to show how important it is to record your practicing! It's one of those things you're always told to do but don't actually do...but it really helps! Y'all should try it.
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Day 11: tired and headachy, but getting it in. Sorry there's not much energy here! Even so I still learned something from watching this. Overall it's feeling a little more comfortable, so I'm a little more relaxed. That's good. But there a few notes that stick out because they don't have vibrato and are out of tune. I didn't notice it when I was playing, so it just goes to show how important it is to record your practicing! It's one of those things you're always told to do but don't actually do...but it really helps! Y'all should try it. . . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #classicalmusic #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #latenight #tired #ugh #growing

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 10: working on another one of my commission pieces. Trying to get the right sound and intensity. It definitely sounds choppy at this point, but I'll work on that when I get a clearer idea of how I want to phrase it. #100daysofpractice .
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Day 10: working on another one of my commission pieces. Trying to get the right sound and intensity. It definitely sounds choppy at this point, but I'll work on that when I get a clearer idea of how I want to phrase it. #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #piano #practice #work #instalife #latenight

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 9: Memorized, metronome at quarter speed, trying not to look down. I feel like I'm getting a lot out of the metronome practice. It is really helping make things more solid without much effort. It's sort of like a treadmill - it creates the momentum and you just have to keep pace, which makes space to concentrate on other things. Tomorrow I'll see how half speed feels. #100daysofpractice .
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Day 9: Memorized, metronome at quarter speed, trying not to look down. I feel like I'm getting a lot out of the metronome practice. It is really helping make things more solid without much effort. It's sort of like a treadmill - it creates the momentum and you just have to keep pace, which makes space to concentrate on other things. Tomorrow I'll see how half speed feels. #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #latenight #running #treadmill #keepgoing

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 8: doing some much needed metronome work. I think it will help especially with Arpeggione. The more foundation building the better. #100daysofpractice
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Day 8: doing some much needed metronome work. I think it will help especially with Arpeggione. The more foundation building the better. #100daysofpractice . . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #discipline

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 7: practicing without vibrato today to help me remember that my right hand is responsible for sound production. Sometimes I forget that and try to make a beautiful sound with my left.  (duh, right?) Also it helps me hear intonation better. How about you all? Do you ever practice without vibrato? What does it do for you? #100daysofpractice .
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Day 7: practicing without vibrato today to help me remember that my right hand is responsible for sound production. Sometimes I forget that and try to make a beautiful sound with my left. (duh, right?) Also it helps me hear intonation better. How about you all? Do you ever practice without vibrato? What does it do for you? #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musical #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #latenight

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 6: just feeling my way through this passge from one of my commission pieces, trying to get the shapes and patterns into my hand. I did realize partway through that I've been pressing more than is necessary with my left hand. Any opportunity I find a place to relieve tension is a win. #100daysofpractice .
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Day 6: just feeling my way through this passge from one of my commission pieces, trying to get the shapes and patterns into my hand. I did realize partway through that I've been pressing more than is necessary with my left hand. Any opportunity I find a place to relieve tension is a win. #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musical #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #latenight

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 5: UGH! ARGH! So many thoughts. Struggling with being supremely unhappy with how this sounds musically (where's the line??? Where's the fluidity???), thinking my tone and my intonation suck, and asking myself, "Why isn't this better already?" At least a part of the answer has to do with the process. Every day we get into the practice room and try to get better. Depending on how well we do our work, the getting better process can happen slowly or quickly. But how fast is quickly? Even when I'm doing my best work there's still a certain amount of time it takes to see results, and it's SO easy to get impatient. It's also hard to give yourself a break (because we're supposed to be beating ourselves up, right? Hmmm ), but in the end it is what it is. Taking the emotion out and getting back to work. #100daysofpractice .
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Day 5: UGH! ARGH! So many thoughts. Struggling with being supremely unhappy with how this sounds musically (where's the line??? Where's the fluidity???), thinking my tone and my intonation suck, and asking myself, "Why isn't this better already?" At least a part of the answer has to do with the process. Every day we get into the practice room and try to get better. Depending on how well we do our work, the getting better process can happen slowly or quickly. But how fast is quickly? Even when I'm doing my best work there's still a certain amount of time it takes to see results, and it's SO easy to get impatient. It's also hard to give yourself a break (because we're supposed to be beating ourselves up, right? Hmmm ), but in the end it is what it is. Taking the emotion out and getting back to work. #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #classicalmusic #musically #redhead #violin #piano #instalife #latenight #work #practice #process #growing

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 4: struggling with shoulder and neck tightness and soreness. It's all related to the hunching and raising my shoulders, which starts to happen when I lower my head to look at my music and my hands too closely. I remembered some sage advice from my friend @sophiabacelar to raise my stand, so I did that and also remembered how my teacher Peter Wiley was always trying to get me to stop looking down so much. Suddenly it's all coming together in my brain that you feel better and play better when your body is in a good position. So chin up. Literally. Also all hail the slow practice. #100daysofpractice
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Day 4: struggling with shoulder and neck tightness and soreness. It's all related to the hunching and raising my shoulders, which starts to happen when I lower my head to look at my music and my hands too closely. I remembered some sage advice from my friend @sophiabacelar to raise my stand, so I did that and also remembered how my teacher Peter Wiley was always trying to get me to stop looking down so much. Suddenly it's all coming together in my brain that you feel better and play better when your body is in a good position. So chin up. Literally. Also all hail the slow practice. #100daysofpractice . . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #classicalmusic #piano #performer #art #artist #violin #practice #work #instalife #growing

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 3: This is the first time I've ever filmed myself from the back. Very illuminating. Take 1 I saw how horribly hunched I got as soon as I got into thumb position (see picture), so take 2 I tried to stay balanced and use my back muscles more. It's weird because I'm not used to it (hence intonation struggles), but it feels better in general than to let my posture fall apart at the first sign of insecurity. #100daysofpractice .
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Day 3: This is the first time I've ever filmed myself from the back. Very illuminating. Take 1 I saw how horribly hunched I got as soon as I got into thumb position (see picture), so take 2 I tried to stay balanced and use my back muscles more. It's weird because I'm not used to it (hence intonation struggles), but it feels better in general than to let my posture fall apart at the first sign of insecurity. #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #violin #piano #artist #performer #classicalmusic #music #art #work #practice #redhead #growing

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram Day 2: gotta stop clenching my jaw!!!! I was working on those little grace notes when I noticed it. The whole thing just needs more grace and breath and life - musically it's a bit stodgy at the moment. #100daysofpractice .
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Day 2: gotta stop clenching my jaw!!!! I was working on those little grace notes when I noticed it. The whole thing just needs more grace and breath and life - musically it's a bit stodgy at the moment. #100daysofpractice. . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musical #musically #violin #piano #artist #performer #classicalmusic #art #life #practice #work #redhead #redhair

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Discover cicelyparnas's Instagram I've been thinking about joining the #100daysofpractice club for a while, and today I feel like I should just do it. So I'm jumping in! Day 1! It's definitely scary letting the internet in on my practice sessions, but I've already noticed it makes me think more about what I'm doing. Here are 10 notes from Arpeggione where I'm considering how to do the subito piano and make it sound in tune and effortless. Listening back I think my phrasing is understated, so I'm going to work more contrast into it.
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I've been thinking about joining the #100daysofpracticeclub for a while, and today I feel like I should just do it. So I'm jumping in! Day 1! It's definitely scary letting the internet in on my practice sessions, but I've already noticed it makes me think more about what I'm doing. Here are 10 notes from Arpeggione where I'm considering how to do the subito piano and make it sound in tune and effortless. Listening back I think my phrasing is understated, so I'm going to work more contrast into it. . . . #cello #cellist #musician #music #classic #musically #redhead #classicalmusic #redhair #violin #piano #performer #art #artist #practice #work

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