Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

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.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
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!
Jun. 30th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
I'll so be there for the July concert!!!
Jul. 1st, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
I thought I was the only one who yelled at you for not telling! :P
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
( 4 comments — Leave a comment )



Latest Month

March 2013
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Witold Riedel