After weeks of struggling with Popper #3 and that awful key of Bb Minor (the etude wasn't terribly hard, but reading all those flats and hearing in my head how the music was supposed to sound was a difficulty for me--and the music was unhappy, dreary and not very melodic), I am on to Popper #11 which is in the key of F (lovely key, only one flat, and major sounding). Happiness is an etude that I can hear as I look at the music. The string crossings for many of the notes is excellent practice for me and the shifting patterns across strings are interesting. My teacher is having me work on scales that are related to my etudes, so of course I'm doing F major (easy, as it's a scale I know) and the relative minor scales in D minor. Those I don't know so well, so its good practice.
I'm reaching the end of Suzuki book 7. My favorites are the Paradis Sicilienne and the Popper Gavotte. Strangely they haven't been too hard to memorize and I enjoy playing them from memory. I'm going to keep doing that every other day, so I don't "lose" them! I'm working now on the Bach 3rd Suite Bourree's; I have the first one memorized and am working to memorize the second. Then I will be finished with the book. It's been a nice, challenging set of pieces. I'm feeling a good sense of accomplishment with all of the pieces in the book. I like them all and enjoy playing them.
Below are some snow pictures!