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February 20, 2023 - 9:17 pm
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Yes, it is very nice, and it does sound so different depending on the speed. My instructor played it faster, I liked it, but ai do prefer the slow version. It fits the melody better. That said, I hope to be a le to play it faster, and keep the intonation. I tend to lose the intonation when ai speed things up.

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February 21, 2023 - 2:52 pm
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Pretty much doing the same thing. Working on smoothing out the shift to second and combining it with what comes before it. Getting there.

It is a good thing that I really like this piece.

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February 22, 2023 - 6:23 pm
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Tomorrow will be cello day. I will, also, most likely do a little violin and viola.

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February 27, 2023 - 10:06 am
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My cello went pretty well this morning. I am still working the Bourrée, and I am still loving it. I like the feeling that I know I am getting better with it.

I am working on that fourth finger E on A string to the the fourth finger A on D string, followed by the third finger  G# on D string to the open A. The E on A followed by the A on D is quite hard for me. I could dumb it up and do the open A, followed by the G# on D and open A(again). I don't want to do that. 

My problems are that it feels awkward and the bowing. Pretty much everything! LOL I will get it, eventually. I cannot bridge the finger and do both the A and D string at the same time. That is what killed guitar. I cannot bridge my fingers across two or more strings. I couldn't do it when younger, and certainly not now. Sometimes, there are just things you cannot do, this is one of them. So, I have to slip that fourth finger to the A on D, from the fourth finger E on A. I am working on an adjustment. It will get there. Once I figure out exactly what I have to do and where I need to be in my bow to do it, I will just have to smooth it out. 

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March 2, 2023 - 12:32 pm
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My practice on the Bourrée this morning did not go as well as earlier sessions. Sometimes it just isn't there. It wasn't bad, just not as good. I did spend a bit of time on the section I am having trouble with due to the fingering seeming awkward to me. I could change it and get rid of the shift. Work the shift to 2nd on a piece that doesn't cause such awkwardness.

I think the fingering was done this way in this book just to add the shift. That might be a reason to do it the way it is not seeming awkward (no shift) rather than the forced shift that just does not feel right. Maybe I should do that because then I could just work on the bowing that is so important on this piece. I have done shifting to second, third, fourth and fifth before. Still need work on it, but I can do it, it is just awkward on this piece.

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March 2, 2023 - 2:42 pm
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So, I have decided to forgo the forced shift and concentrate on bowing with this piece. Natural shifting will be better to use for learning to shift.

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March 8, 2023 - 12:32 pm
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I have been off for a few days. Had to get caught up on other things. No cello, violin or viola today. Waiting for a delivery and I know that the minute I get one out, they will show up. Murphy's Law.

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March 17, 2023 - 10:37 am
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I was playing my violin yesterday. It actually went pretty well. Have to lay off my cello for a couple days.

I was surprised how well the violin held its tune, Just minor tweaking, and the humidity and temps have been so up and down the last few weeks. Even my Grandpa's Fiddle held its tune. One of my violas was way off, but it happens with that one. My Fiddlerman viola holds it tune just fine. 

I need to decide on a song for my violin and viola, rather than doing random pieces. Will have to go through what I have and see what will help the most. I made a good choice with my cello piece.

Time to get back into the swing of things.

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I set up my new knitting machine with ribber this morning. Will start trying to use it tomorrow, Stressing the word, "try". LOL 

Now, I just finished playing my viola. Not sure what piece I want to work on. I will keep looking. I don't want to use the ssme one I use for my violin. I will figure it out.

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March 22, 2023 - 2:47 pm
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Still deciding on a violin piece and a viola piece. I am going through my books. My cello is coming along just fine, slow, but it does take me a while to get the fingering smooth.

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@mouse... well how did the new knitting machine work for you?

any ideas on tunes yet?

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March 22, 2023 - 7:05 pm
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@ABitRusty, My knitting machine is great! I was able to do some ribbing. Unless you know about knitting machines, you won't have a clue what it means to have a ribber attachment to do that. I wish I had that when I made my granddaughters ll those hats, They love hats, especially the younger one, She wears a winter hat in the summer. I will try to make her lightweight hats. I have not do

ne a sweater or socks yet. They are a little more involved and I have not "evolved" that far, yet.

No song ideas yet. I am looking for something for the violin that will introduce simple shifting, not a lot of black because it blows my mind and makes me automatically try to go fast. I want a piece I can memorize, and in a key I already know because I am trying to learn proper technique, not have to struggle with new keys, at the moment.

Pretty much the same thing for the viola, except not necessarily any shifting. Something to get me to go from string to string, fingered, not open strings, smoothly.

I keep falling in to the same trap. I move along faster than I should or I am ready for.

I like some of your slower fiddle pieces you play.  ur, I can't tell what the main part is exactly with the background. If all flows together so beautifully when you do it, I am not in to fast fiddle, Right now. And some of the fast ones, sound like jazz to me, and I am not in to jazz at all. Blows my mind, and not in a good way, 😂😂😂😂.

Something with a melody I cn pick up on.

I will find something, soon. I have some in a book of waltzes, are you the one who recommended it? It has some, what could be nice pieces when I can play them, but I can't learn from them. I need 4/4 for now. I have played some of the waltzes, but I do not get anywhere because I struggle too much with the waltz rhythm, and I need to work on simple bowing, not also fight with counting waltz beats. Does this make sense? I can't tackle more than 1 thing, for now. Videos posted do not help me. I don't even watch them now, so I am just work on my own. I know a lot of people really get help from them. I have problems using them for learning my knitting machine, too. Weird.

I am not interested in any of those classical exercises, I am after actual pieces. 

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ive just stuck to what i like..enjoy hearing.  youll find something!  i dont think ive picked anything to play because it had something about it i needed to learn technique wise ( i probably should...id grow music wise) but its always been about some melody i want to play that drives whatever im doing.

sounds good with the machine...hey.. all hobbies have their tools needed to make it easier..more interesting!

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March 23, 2023 - 8:00 am
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Yes, I thi think will just find something I like and will enjoy doing over and over. I am not out to learn to perform in front of anyone. This is must for my own enjoyment. 

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yup!  Its about enjoying the moment and trying not to get wrapped up in i should be here by now as far as ability.  hopefully will be able to play from here on out.  🙂

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I have tried What a Wonderful World on my Violin and viola. I figured it out on my cello with my piano sheet music a couple of years ago. I love it on my cello, but it just does not have the sound I want on the violin or, even the viola. Probably because I love it on my cello so much. I have that E on the A string that I love the sound of.

I will have to find something like that for my violin and viola. Maybe I can find the same song for those. 

I am going to go through my piano books today. 👍

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I thought I picked out a viola song. I am not sure. It is more suited to the higher violin sound, plus it is dated. Not sure I want to do it. I can do it. I went through it a few times. Nothing too hard, but not something too easy, either. Will give it another shot tomorrow. I don't the violin version. I don't want to read the viola music as violin music, it will mess me up. 

I will check my violin books and see if it is in there, or maybe my piano books, as long as it is the same key as the viola version. 

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@Mouse -

I really think you should learn something you love - to help with practice motivation. 

Haven't you heard something wonderful, lately?  I'm sure we can help you find sheet music for it!

If you find something meant for violin, but want to play it on Viola, can you use musescore to change it to Alto Clef?  Maybe you would prefer playing it a 5th or octave lower.

If you don't want to use musescore, mark the notes on your sheet music with red pencil.  

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Thanks, @ELCBK 

I will find something. I think the problem I am having is dealing with certain things right now. I have been having a hard time concentrating and thinking about what I want to play. I have not played, seriously, in a little while. Cello is coming along, though.

Most music I hear is 60's or 70's and I have a hard time hearing it being used for a viola. I love them, but most are faster than I am comfortable with right now. I am not interested in forcing myself to venture into plying fster before I am ready. If a song is meant to be played fast, and I know the tune, I will be forcing it to be played faster. Not comfortable with that. Tried it and just went backward. Intonation was lost. 

I should go through my CD's. Maybe I can find one and play it by ear. That might work.

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Mouse said
Thanks, @ELCBK 

I will find something. I think the problem I am having is dealing with certain things right now. I have been having a hard time concentrating and thinking about what I want to play. I have not played, seriously, in a little while. Cello is coming along, though.

Most music I hear is 60's or 70's and I have a hard time hearing it being used for a viola. I love them, but most are faster than I am comfortable with right now. I am not interested in forcing myself to venture into plying fster before I am ready. If a song is meant to be played fast, and I know the tune, I will be forcing it to be played faster. Not comfortable with that. Tried it and just went backward. Intonation was lost. 

I should go through my CD's. Maybe I can find one and play it by ear. That might work.

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Listening to your favorite CD's is a GREAT idea! 

I RARELY play the music I love as fast as anyone else - who cares? 

It all sounds WONDERFUL played slowly!

If you like some 60's or 70's music and you don't want to use any of the play-along videos I've shared, worse case - you might have to buy the sheet music.

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