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Violin and Cello Today
Working on violin and cello today
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cid
August 8, 2019 - 10:51 am
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Since I became violin instructorless and started cello lessons, I have played my violin off and on but never really did actual practicing or learning. Just played songs I already knew. I was giving all my attention to my cello. 

Today, I will start actual planned self-violin lessons. This will include working on a scale, moving on to another scale when ready. Picking up where my lessons left off and figuring out what will come next. Then go on from there.

I think I am far enough along with my cello that I can work both now. I have been able to go back and forth between the different bows for a few weeks now without issue.

After my violin, I will devote the rest of the day to my cello.

I hope I can keep that up. Sometimes, life does get in the way. I guess, if it does, I will just have to pull over to the side of the road and pull back out when I can.

After finishing my decaf, I will be off to my violin.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Fiddlerman
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August 8, 2019 - 12:00 pm
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I love the way you devote time to your new passions. You are right in that life gets in the way but we can work on that. 😁

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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August 8, 2019 - 12:23 pm
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Thanks, @Fiddlerman!

Well, I hadn’t forgotten much of my violin! I am continuing work on the one scale my instructor did on day one, she said she did not like scales and we never opened the scale book I bought after getting my violin again, for lessons. It needs to be smoothed up before I move on to another scale.

I went through the songs we got through. That went pretty well. There was really no instruction with them, we just played them. Makes no sense to stay stagnant with them. I moved on to the next song. Would you believe it? It is “The Happy Farmer”. It is almost exactly like that Red Wing group video you all did a long time ago. I have a dilly of a time with it on my cello, although, it is beginning to click. When I started it on my violin, it seems easier to bow. So, that is actually coming along. 

I also noted that how the song I was doing with the C natural was giving me a lot of major issues because I could not finger that C natural, seemed natural to me. OH, that was actually funny! Seemed NATURAL to me. Anyway, I did not have the issues, today I just did it. Maybe it was from doing this song so much on cello without hesitation, the C natural is not an issue in my cello, that I eliminated the hesitation and thinking about it on the violin?

It is strange. A lot of these songs are in my cello books and violin books. Some are easier in the the cello, others are easier on the violin. Just an observation. 

It was interesting. Lunch time. The cello time. Since I detest beer, it is NEVER Miller time. 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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August 8, 2019 - 1:36 pm
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Cello sounds so good.  Seems like youre liking it more than violin.  Since you have the same book for both instruments have you done something like record your cello part and play the violin part as you listen to the cello recording?  Seems like that would be cool.

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August 8, 2019 - 2:14 pm
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I really don’t favor one over the other. I just have a cello instructor and no violin instructor at the moment. They both have their pros and cons. Then there is the viola!

If I could play through one song without messing up, I would do both, and maybe add my viola. Every time I set my phone to record myself, I mess up worse than without recording.

I can’t play in front of or with others because of that. Apparently, I can’t even play in front of myself! facepalm

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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August 8, 2019 - 2:30 pm
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Finished my cello practice. This is what I do. I do my scales. I work on my lesson piece. I then get out my Suzuki books 1 and 2, and start with Book 1. I do each song up to the point in book 2 where I stopped my previous lessons before I started violin lessons.

I do this to help strengthen what I am now learning. These songs are simpler. I can improve my intonation, timing and bowing with them. It carries over to my lesson piece. It is also a gage to see if I am improving. I can honestly say that I really feel I have. The  songs I had issues with before are not so much full of issues. I am trying to bow them smoother and they are sounding much better.

I then go back to my lesson piece. I am able to do my lesson piece better than I did when I started my lesson after this routine with the other books, for the most part. I finish with my lesson work and the scales again.

On my own, I have been working on the next song in the book from when I stopped cello lessons for violin. It is actually coming along.

My goal is to reach a comfortable place with my cello so I can do one week with a cello lesson and the next with a violin lesson. I think that is a little ways off. I am so far ahead in my violin comfort zone. My instructor does cello (his main instrument), violin, viola and bass. I find the cello harder to play than the violin, which is harder to play than the viola.

That is pretty much my routine, now with the added violin in the morning. This is so darn much fun!

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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BillyG
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August 8, 2019 - 3:35 pm
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@cid wrote -

This is so darn much fun!

Way to go - as they say @cid - where you're at sounds good - enjoy and take the most from every moment !  [ Err - and even the "bad" moments - when they inevitably occur - they're no more than stopping-off points on the journey ]

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

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

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August 8, 2019 - 4:07 pm
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@BillyG said

[ Err - and even the "bad" moments - when they inevitably occur - they're no more than stopping-off points on the journey ]

So right, BillyG. I wish there were fewer “stopping-off points on the journey”, though.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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I like the Steve Miller Band when its Miller time. ha.

Whenever you're ready these are fun and sound great.

https://fiddlerman.com/wp-cont.....1_1-30.pdf

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