gayathri: (practice)
urgh. I can't tune my violin. I swaer, some days its like I'm just an imbecile going through the motions, but sometimes I just cannot HEAR. The strings are in tune to each other, but the A string is NOT a 440A. Grr. Argh.

I'll hopefully finally be getting my wood violin back this weekend. Back to saving up for my motorcycle (July/August timeframe) but the good news is that its easier to tune my wood instrument, tho I still have to order new tailpieces for both.

just five notes worked to get my fingers in place, but the inability to keep the A at 440 was making me nuts.

Lesson tonite, I'll pick up a new tuner when I'm there.

I know -- I'm boring, but its work, walk and play violin these days.
gayathri: (practice)
its the weird positions, sometimes they hurt my head. Like who plays in half position?!? but that's what makes sense and my fingers get mad at my brain for making them do something they dont want to. Fingers say, "but we could just slide back to get you the G-sharp before hitting the A.. whyfor you make us do C with the 4th finger? 4th finger not used to hitting C!!!")

its kinda like my fingers all get stumbly.

so we take 5 to 7 notes at a time. over and over again until I'm certain no one ever wants to hear me practice anything since it doesnt actually sound like MUSIC.

more time tonite. I miss being a kid and having HOURS to play.

On the good news front, its forced me to confront the state of my room which needs a spring cleaning tout suite. :)
(now, if only someone could help me with the spring cleaning and grand clothes folding!)
gayathri: (practice)
no, really -- I am gaining such an appreciation for classical music playing this Bach piece from his Sei Solo – a violino senza Basso accompagnato

I've got the easiest piece right now, but do want to tackle the Chaconne some day!

(In case you want to look at the small piece I'm learning, take a look at: Page 23)

I printed out page 21-22, and 24 on this to start looking at once I can figure out how to enlarge the notes -- its hard for me to read

note: make eye dr appt. tout suite

Anyway, lesson went great yesterday, and at this point, I just have to learn all the notes in order -- we tackle it in pieces and learn a part before moving onto other parts that are different. Its a different way of looking at it, but I'm enjoying it as its less time consuming to  learn it in bits vs starting from the beginning and going to the end, which means I always know the beginning better then the middle or end!

gayathri: (practice)
bah. i hate bach.

no, i dont hate bach, I actually like this piece I'm learning, and I'm enjoyingl earning how to pick up a piece and take it apart. But for some reason, my ears were not working last night, and I COULD NOT GET things in tune.

OMG, nothing worse in the world then a violin not in tune. Where the fuck is the c#? that was the worst. :( poor C#, kept sound like a D... which then threw off the rest of the bit...)

*struggle struggle flail flail*

that was my lesson last night.

I'll be practicing A major scales tonite. BAH! BAH, I say! Partly its finding things in positions I'm not used to. Teacher sez, "C#, 1st finger, G string," and I think, 3rd position, but 1st finger sharp, but for some reason, I can't hear the note. which means I can't really find it on the string. Which just makes it all messy.
gayathri: (practice)
Tho it started to pour on my third lap and I had to cut it short. I was soaked through...
Blood sugar is good, before and after, breathing is good even with the weather.

I played my violin yesterday too! yaya! I am gonna go shower, get lunch and play today too.
gayathri: (practice)
man, it was dumb of me to put the wood violin in to be repaired just as the holidays hits -- this is always the time for sneaky costs coming up.

But my 250-300$ repair of my old Lady Macbeth was tossed out the window when she was opened up:

this is what she looks like without her top and this is all the work that needs to be done -- all the little tags are cracks, or places that need filling.

No one's getting Xmas presents from me. Maybe Spring Presents. :) The labor of a good luthier is worth its minutes in precious metals, but after 20 years of ownership and 50 years on this planet, I think she deserves it.

On the electric violin side of things, I found a lot of my music from when I was a kid, and have been playing Gavottes and going through playing scales, more scales, and still more scales, but this time I'm thinking more about the patterns my fingers make during the scales, and I'm paying more attention to the minor scales. I'm gonna ask the guitar guys at work if I can borrow some effects pedals. Purple Haze, here I come!


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