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Uzi, we are celebrating our anniversary this month,,,4 years. How are we doing? I really want to know.
For me, I have finally stopped working on violins and settled for simply playing on them, but I have wasted sooooooo many hours. My intonation is still terrible, but is good enough that some of my tunes sound (to me) pretty. Recently I have started to move my bowing. Just yesterday I spent 10 minutes working (playing around) with double stops and last month I tried some vibrato. I still have not worked on speed (the fastest tune I play is "Your cheatin Heart). I still have had no pain while playing violin, though I have some in my right shoulder while playing cello. I'm learning flute now, just re-padded an Armstrong closed hole yesterday and thought of you.
So...where are you in our journey?
EDIT: should be OUR (not out) anniversary,,,,,if I can't hit the right key, how can expect to hit the right note?
I played the flute for a couple of years. I found a Fred Wilkins model (I believe that it was Armstrong). The story that I heard was that Mr. Wilkins played with the Boston Symphony and was asked by Armstrong to promote their instruments. He handed them his flute (a Hayes Commercial) and told them if that could produce it, he would endorse it. They did and he did. I originally had an open hole but there was a problem with the foot joint that I could not get fixed. I swapped it for a closed hole and never looked back.
I don't think that flute was ever popular and I bet most of them were melted down when silver became pricey. Not fancy but a very nice instrument.
I played in for several years in the pit orchestra for the local youth summer theaters. There were Reed I and Reed II parts, and you got to play Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, clarinet, and flute. The orchestra was "salted" with music majors from the local University for the final performances. A lot of fun.
Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal. —Earl Nightingale.