Like riding a bicycle, or driving a car

By Miranda Wilson

Today in my practice session I pulled out Bach’s Suite No. 5, which I’ll be playing in an upcoming concert. Last year, when I was doing my Bach 36 project, I recorded it using scordatura, something I’d not done before. I wondered if I should do that again, or whether I should play it with conventionally tuned strings, which is how I learned it back in my student days. I remembered how difficult it had been to get a train-wreck-free recording of each of the movements last summer, since I kept making what I called MSMs (Momentary Scordatura Malfunctions), where I played the A string as if I hadn’t tuned it down to G for the special occasion.

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