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My Day With My Violin and Viola
My violin lesson was cancelled today ...
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February 5, 2019 - 9:12 pm
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My violin lesson was cancelled today. It has happened a lot lately.

My violin and viola were not quiet today, though. I worked on my bowing and intonation. My bowing is getting to where it was before I started going backwards! Yippee. I spent a lot of time working on my intonation, also. I feel I made some good progress on that front today.

I spent a lot of time trying to be more expressive with “Danny Boy”. I tried to make, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” lighter sounding. I worked on using my fourth finger where appropriate to get it stronger, with the lesson songs. Say that the “E” string has no other note played on that string after an open “E” after playing a note on the “D” string, I use the fourth finger on the “D” string to play the “E”. We just started doing that, so I worked on those songs. I also found songs that I had been doing with situations like that, and have switched to the fourth finger where appropriate. Very busy, exacting day on my violin.

Then I got out my viola and was working on the bowing and intonation on that. Hmmm. Bowing and intonation is much easier on my viola. I don’t do the fourth finger use on my viola. Will worry about that when I get lessons for it. It is not as easy, and maybe the “rules” are different, so, will wait for guidance from my instructor with that.

Then there was just fun time playing them while keeping all I worked on in mind and using it. I just got out my violin, again, about 1 1/4hours ago, around 7 pm. It actually went well. I played “Danny Boy” slowly, using my bow and speed as much as I could for expression since there is not vibrato. I tried phrasing and dynamics I watched last night in Fiddlerman videos. So extremely helpful. “Danny Boy” was the best I have ever done it. 

“When Irish Eyes are Smiling” was also probably best I have done. Even “English Country Gardens” went well during that session 1 1/4 hours ago. My lesson songs that use the fourth finger for the open next string we much smoother tonight. 

So, my lesson may have been cancelled, but, I actually had my own, almost all day, lesson. violin-1267

As a side note, it is so much easier to just pick up a violin or viola and play now that they are all just hanging on my wall waiting, begging, to be played. The wall rack was the absolutely best addition to all of my musical supplies and accessories.

The Bumblebee Flies!

Brora, North-east Scotland
February 6, 2019 - 12:30 am
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Sounds like a really successful practice session !   It's GREAT when that happens :)  

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

February 6, 2019 - 7:11 am
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@BillyG It was a great almost all day practice session, I was very pleased when I picked up the violin around 7 pm to just bow some strings. It felt really good and the songs were the best ever. I really need to just relax when I play and not try so hard. Geeze, hard to change habits after 64 years.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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February 6, 2019 - 8:31 am
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Thanks for that report, Cid... a good reminder that when we get stuck, identifying the problem, getting in the right frame of mind, and getting back to work can be so gratifying.

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