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February 9, 2013 - 3:25 pm
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Violin theory is what sort of drew me to the violin. The physics of the sound, the vibration, the accoustic properties of the woods used. The construction and the harmonics. I then started in on music itself. From early written forms of jibberish to present day forms of ...jibberish. roflol I like different notation for learning a new piece and then move to written music. As I can read better then I can play, I am often extremely critical of my playing, hence the reason I have yet to submit anything of me playing. I have the vids, but not the "courage" to post them with all the errors, squeeks and scratching strokes. I will. But I am just not comfortable yet with my play.

 I am mostly self taught, but I do periodically get me a lesson when I am stumped on something and need a good boot in my hiney to get me thinking again. This site and the great people here are my soul reason for continuing on playing. I get weekly "days" where I just don't want to play. If I skip a day, it will be 2 then 4 then, i'll just not pick it up again. So, my "partner" in play is all of you. I get most of my theory, my lessons and my inspiration from each of you. Your postings, videos, lessons and song are my drive when I am just not wanting to go forth. I am presently in a 2 day slump (mostly from long workdays/travel). Things at work will slow down in a bout 3 weeks. God willing, I'll make to that point and take a few vacation days to just unwind.


Even now as I am writing this, I am becoming inspired to start a practice session. We'll see how that goes.

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

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February 9, 2013 - 4:34 pm
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awesome Ty, play 15 min daily whether you feel like it or not, even just bowing the open strings. you will thank me for it.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.


February 9, 2013 - 6:04 pm
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Leo, don't give up! It's OK to take some days off, but be sure to pick it up again and resume where you left off eventually!


February 9, 2013 - 11:21 pm
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Yeah > I get that way. > But if I want it> and I do.> Then I play it. > I really don't consider it a practice session when I play. I sort of consider it a party session. >> The day is done, I have paid my dues and now it is time to PLAY. >> SWEET!!!


February 10, 2013 - 4:32 am
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Steve I didn't give up. Its just difficult sometimes when you get home late after a long day and you just don't want to do anything but eat and sleep. I did play or at least practiced today and as always, once I start, It makes alot of the day just evaporate. I'm still up for that fiddle transfer. We could probably meet in Redmond or even Hood River for lunch somewhere. From here its about 2 1/2 hours either way. For your trip, I imagine closer to 3 hours that is if the weather is not overly active.


PF : Once I do start, I could never limit it to just 15 minutes. Time flies when I do practice and I just melt into it. Its hard to just keep telling myself that sometimes. 3 more weeks and my busy schedule will lessen. Than I'll be back to normal... well, ok i was NEVER normal. How about I say back to whats normal for me.


StoneDog you are absolutely right. It isn't a chore to play. it really is the goal for a hard days work. Its just hard to keep in focus when you aren't sleeping much . It'll pass hopefully sooner then later.

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader


February 10, 2013 - 9:51 am
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@StoneDog: I def agree with your view on thinking of practice and playing as being distinctively different things.  Practice is exercises and routines I work on so that when I pick up the instrument to play, it goes better.  LOL


"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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