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Mouse’s Violin-Viola-Cello Blog
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December 14, 2022 - 6:43 pm
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Happy new cello to You..

Happy neeeeew cello to you..

Hap-py NEEEW cel-lo mou-ouse

Happy new cello toooooo youuuu!!

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December 14, 2022 - 6:51 pm
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I really like it. My cello instructor really deserved my other cello. I watch his college orchestra performances in live stream. It is nice seeing it on stage, and him playing it. 

I am happier with my Master Cello. I am having a lot of fun with it. I may be imagining it, but it sounded like it was sounding better today, like opening I up. I don't think it is all me, I think it is this beautiful cello. I have played it quite a bit. 

My intonation on shifting was better today, actually hit the D on the D string, up an octave. Couldn't do that before. I used to move over to the D on the A string but went for it with the shift since I was going to do the shift to the C on the D string. I was very surprised.

I seem to be able to hear the intonation better on this cello. I need that. I can hear the intonation better on my Fiddlershop violin and viola, too. I guess they suit me really well.

I have an entire string section of Fiddlershop instruments, violin, viola and cello. LOL

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December 22, 2022 - 2:55 pm
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My upper arm has been a little sore, so bowing my cello is a little hard to do right now.

I am concentrating on my. violin. I have picked a 3/4 song to try. It is from Catskill Mountain Waltzes ans Airs by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. I think ABitRusty recommended it.

I am working on Liberty's Golden Shore, by Jay Ungar, key of G. The key is fairly simple to work with, but I do have a problem with 3/4, so that is my focus s song. 

I did find that marking the beat counts under the notes helps to remind me it is 3/4. Another thing that it allows me to work on is the fact that it is to be played slowly and resolutely. I really want to achieve this. As always, there are a few long drawn out nots and that causes me issues with bowing, and with counting beats. Hopefully, this song will help me solve that issue. Hopefully, solving the issue on my violin, will transfer to my viola and cello.

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December 22, 2022 - 4:54 pm
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Ok, so, I did the above mentioned song on both my mellow violin and brighter violin. It does sound better on my more mellow violin. The brighter violin makes a big difference when I play the brighter happier sounding pieces. So, I will be using my mellow violin when playing this piece. I prefer the brighter violin, but the tune sounds better on the mellow violin. Sounds more resolute.

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December 22, 2022 - 11:56 pm
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Mouse,

Grats on the new cello, that's a good song your working on enjoy it.

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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December 23, 2022 - 7:45 pm
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@Mouse -

Have your Hubby take you out for Dinner & Slow Dancing! 

After you've glided across the floor to a waltz,

you'll never have trouble with 3/4 time, again! 

 

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...if Hubby doesn't dance, find someone who does &

invite them to join you for dinner, too! 🤗 

- Emily

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December 23, 2022 - 8:50 pm
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Nah, neither one of us enjoys going out to dinner or dancing. 

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January 3, 2023 - 6:37 pm
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I was able to do my cello today. what fun I had! My new cello really has a nice sound to it. I still find it easier to play. That said, I am still getting used to the flatter bridge. The flatter bridge does make the double stops easier at the end of one of the pieces I am working on, though. 

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Do you pick a different instrument to play each day?

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January 5, 2023 - 11:24 am
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@ELCBK I am concentrating more on my cello, but I play them all, and run through the songs I know on each. The cello, being new, needs time to get used to so that I can progress. 

When I do get down to business, I will force myself to do something with something new to learn, probably deeper in to book 2, I want to be able to do it properly. Right now, I am just keeping myself playing the instruments. It is the same with the violin and viola. I keep doing the safety net of book 1 songs or very early book 2, or songs not from book 1 or 2 that I know. I need to force myself into unchartered territory.

This year I want to to force myself to progress forward and not spend so much time on the same pieces on any of the instruments. My instructors moved along way too fast. I think I am moving along too slowly to make up for it, 😂. I need to find the middle road. 

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January 8, 2023 - 8:38 pm
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So, tonight I played my violin. It felt so comfortable. I was not tensed up and trying really hard. I think it was one of the best sessions I have had. I was not out of tune as much, not often at all really. It just felt so natural. I really LOVE this Fiddlershop Lord Wilton violin. It os set up so perfectly and has such a great full sound. Thank you Gibbles!

I think part of the relaxed playing has to do with the violin itself, it is just so much fun to hold and play, It is also because of some posts about positioning. It helped in my understanding. I took my Edelweiss I am working on, was doing it on my cello, but have been attempting it on my violin, and added what I learned about positioning to it so I could shift in a way that makes sense and eliminate an open string that I do not like, but wae always clunky when I tried to dodge it. The explanation really helped and gave me more confidence. 

It was a very good and fun session. 

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January 19, 2023 - 8:04 am
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Yesterday I was able to do my cello for quite a while. I am trying to find a piece that stretches my ability so I have to learn more. I played a few pieces, but did not really find anything that I liked and would continue to play. I think I will check out my Bach Suites book. There were some pieces we touched on during lessons, but only so far as to get me to learn a particular technique, for lack of a better word, Maybe I will go back to one of those and finish it up. I know they will make me stretch what I already know.

My viola and violin are coming along, t a slow pace, like the cello, but for me, that is just fine. This is just for fun and for a relaxing time. 

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I have been off my music for a little while, other than picking a violin or viola off the wall and playing a few tunes. 

I am still searching for a piece to work on with my cello. I have narrowed ir down to a section of a Bach cello suite. I might continue with one I started in lessons. I would start at the beginning and then move on to the next section of it. We never did a complete suite in lessons, just beginnings. I liked them.

It may be a little while before I get into it, though. I am hoping to actually post a video, temporarily, once in a while as I progress with it. They will only be up for a little while and then removed. I will not be posting them for assistance or critiquing, unless I am asking for help, just for my own reference. 

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