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TGIF baby...

So, life's been fun lately. I've been accruing many hours at work, which isn't terrible but I'd rather have the time to myself.

Last night was rehearsal, and I came away with the followling:

I really, really need to go to the eye doctor. Not being able to tell the difference between sharps and naturals is generally considered a Bad Thing.

I also really, really need to get a decent bow. My current bow is starting to lose tensions again, and I already poured a hundred bucks into it for that same problem only four months ago. Plus I think the balance is really off. I think I'll look into getting a carbon fiber bow this time around. The only problem is that none of the local shops have any in stock, and I kind of want to look at one before I buy it. Shar and Johnson have mail trials, but shipping stuff to and fro with all the requisite safeguards is a pain.

I can count to 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9, and 12. I cannot apparently count to five. Mars is kicking my ass. No, seriously, I can play Jupiter and Uranus cold, but merely counting to five eludes me.

In relation to the above, I've been listening to the Planets a lot, because there are a lot of tricky passages. I've banned listening to Mars in the car, though, because it causes dangerously agressive driving.

Star Wars is getting there. There are a depressing amount of cuts, but it's still a blast to play through. Plus they added some stuff from E.T, thus sending my inner geek into stratospheric bliss.

I need to keep taking lessons. Orchestra is great for sight-reading, but I still have some problems with tone, and I can feel how atrocious my bow hold is getting. Plus, I really want to explore some of the solo works, and while I can do that now, I need the constructive criticism a teacher will give me.

Anyway, back to work...

PS - just because every one yells at me for not telling them... the July concert.

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violafreak
Jun. 30th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
I <3 my carbon fiber bow. It's definitely worth the investment. I actually got mine through Southwest Strings. Their bow trial service seems to work well, and they're based in AZ, so it doesn't take 5 years to ship.

You have problems with 5? I seem to have the most issues with 7. The trick with 5 is to subdivide 1-2-1-2-3 or 1-2-3-1-2 depending on the pulse. I think you were there in orchestra at UNR when we did that marimba concerto? (6/8, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8 alternating in the first movement... 3/4, 2/4, 3/4, 3/4 in the last) Those were fun times. I swear I've become so much more of a rhythm nerd lately.

I'm definitely going to try to stick with the lessons... my intonation has suffered quite a bit since I moved here, and I have no idea why.

Anywho... hope all else is well!
veijukka
Jun. 30th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
I'll so be there for the July concert!!!
spkn4_4ever
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
I thought I was the only one who yelled at you for not telling! :P
violafreak
Jul. 5th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
hah! just ran across a cute joke that reminded me of this post.

Why are violists the only ones who don't have problems with 7/8 meter?

'Cuz we count it one-two-three-four-five-six-se-ven-one-two... ;)

Not fair, huh? I pick on violists myself cuz you're not here to do it for me. :P
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