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Got a flu shot today. My right arm is ver sore. No cello/viola/violin today. Hoping for tomorrow.

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oh thats right...its getting to be that time of year again.  starting to see a hint in the trees too.

hope its better tomorrow!

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Yes, it is that time of year. Leaves are falling. Temps are falling, albeit not as fast as years gone by and like a roller coaster, down to normal, back to mid August. Hummingbirds slowing down visits readying to say, "Adieu". I think I filled the feeders for the last time yesterday, No more sweet corn. No more fresh tomatoes, although I found some really good strawberries and tomatoes at the grocery store yesterday. Not sure how long that will be the case.

I need to stop. I am depressing myself. I am not a fan of winter. We do not drive or go out much in the winter. Not a fan of it getting dark so quickly, either. 

Oh well, can't do anything about it. Maybe the arm will be better tomorrow and I can get back to my cello. I hope so, then my cards.

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"not a fan of winter".. same here

  we need to form a support group. 

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Wow, two weeks! 

I did do the group project piece and Myfanwy. I did not have a very good session. I am trying too hard. I really want these two to go well. 

I did break down the Group Project. There are some wicked(for me) cello runs. I was working in those. I did not improve. I think that I got worse.

I did work on that nasty wolf tone that I have. I have improved it, but it is still there. That dastardly D is really bad, but better. Not sure where to go with the Kretz eliminator, so I left it where it was. I will see what it sounds like the next session. It is better. 

On my Goronok, when I had it, it was the F, F# and G, no matter which string. On this cello it is mainly just the D string.

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@ABitRusty I thought you are where it does not get cold and snowy? It was rather mild last year, as far as snow fall goes, still really cold. I can take it if the snow doesn't tag along. I can take it, but I do not like it,

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I am going to try the measure 27 or 28 run by shifting to 2nd. I can't spread my fingers apart far enough to do the F#, F natural, F#, F natural 8th notes followed by the F# quarter note. I am thinking of shifting to second. using index and ring finger, and try that. My fingers middle two fingers just do not have the spread required for a lot of the cello forms, and I have had to make do with alternatives.

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@ABitRusty I thought you are where it does not get cold and snowy? It was rather mild last year, as far as snow fall goes, still really cold. I can take it if the snow doesn't tag along. I can take it, but I do not like it,

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I imagine it gets as cold here as there just not as long.   Last year we had a spell where wind chills went under -5.. pretty sure it was lower but dont wanna exagerate toooo much.

think a couple days later it was in the 50s

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Well, at times, your -5 would be a heat wave! LOL I do not even want to think about it, I used to walk to school in it. In kindergarten, my boot zipper froze because it got plugged up with snow because of a big drift and the path was not shoveled or plowed. I was told, "Do not walking the street," so I went through the snow, 😂. The next morning that path was plowed and was from then on. It was between two homeowner homes, so the village had to keep it plowed. That school was literally just down the street. The middle school and high school were both that mile away, so I did walk a mile to school in snow, wind, rain sleet, hail, pouring rain. We were one street too close to be able to ride the bus, a mile away. You had to be over a mile. The run started the next street over. A few times I called a cab whenI was in. high school because their was pouring rain and thunder and lightening. I was not walking in that. A few times the cabs were all taken, small town, only 2 or 3 cabs. When I got a job and my first car, I had time to pick up my younger brother because I was done work at 3:30. He usually had some sport or something after school, so my drive from work in the next town to the school was about that time he was done. When I look back at it, I don't recall the walk in any weather bothering me that much, though. When I look back, it sounds terrible. Weird. My last 3 years of high school, my favorite grandmother moved into a house on the route on way home. I stopped on the way home to visit with her, green tea, I hated it, but loved how she and my aunt, who lived with her, loved to make it. Good memories.

Well, I worked on my group project. It went well, after a bit. I did try my new fingering on that measure with the tricky fingering with the 8th notes. Voila, as opposed to "viola", it worked. I have to get the speed up for those notes, but the fingering works. I worked the runs. Work well until I insert the measure before them. Guess I have to work them alone for a bit, yet. All in all, I think there was improvement. I am trying to memorize the run notes so that I can just concentrate on playing them.

I worked on Myfanwy and played What A Wonderful World. I noticed that my French cello bow works so much better on those two songs, but my Fiddlershop bow that cam with my wonderful cello works better with the group project. Not just a little better. There is a vast difference. Weird. I love both bows. Probably the wood, style, and aging of the older French bow. The sound just fits the other two songs better, so it is easier to play those two with that bow, whereas, that bow makes it harder to play the group project.

I have noticed differences in bows before, but not like this, sound and playability was vastly different, interesting. I will have to remember that when learning a song. Figure out which bow works better, too.

Well, off to finish the shoulder slope on a sweater, I have yet to make a nice sweater in the knitting machine, trying again. Then I have some cards to make. 

I will be checking back in during the day.

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Had fun with my viola for a change of pace. 
I tried to play A Bicycle Built For Two by singing it to myself. It was so sad. All the tires were flat and both riders were lost.

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🤭 Just play it in a Blues/Jazz style - all the flats will fit perfectly.

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That is too complicated. I am not a style player, LOL. Basically, you guys are so far beyond me, which is fine, actually great. I just plug along. 

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Let me rephrase that... just 'say' you are playing in a Blues/Jazz style. 🤗 

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😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤯🤦‍♀️

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Okay, I did my cello Group Project today, which I do even days I do not mention it here. Strangely enough, I noticed a spot I was doing wrong, Dang! I was able to hit it right the wrong way. I hope you followed that! 😂

Anyway, there is a G# that I missed. Not a particular hard note. It is just the A on the G backed up to the G#. Using my strongest finger, index. Just do not recall any song I have ever done using the G# or A flat. D# or E flat, A# or B flat, yes, but never the G string played with the G# or A flat. 

One of the things I like about this group project part is that I am in areas of my cello never explored! 🤣🤣😂😂 Really. Quite a bit, for me anyway. Some C string work, some crazy counting parts, the G#, etc. I have found shifting on the G in a couple places works better than using the D string, whereas, using the D string works better than shifting on the G in others.

I am also doing it without the bow to learn the fingering. I never tried learning a piece like that before. Not sure if it will be all that beneficial. I will see. There are some runs at the end, and different note counts than I am familiar with, ie trips. Time will tell if the fingering and plucking helps. The bowing is not bad in those areas, it is the fingering and speed. So, it might help. What catches me a lot is there are slight differences between some, differences in notes and note counts, so that catches me.

That said, I do have a long way to go. Maybe, after I get more comfortable with it, I will be able to memorize it. It is always easier for me to work on bowing, note counts, accuracy, etc when I have a piece memorized. 

Later today I will listen to Gibbles V1 recording to get an idea of speed and rhythm. 

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Worked on the cello part this morning. I also played around with my violin a little bit. It was fun. 

I am going to be listening to the first couple of measures of the V1 video just to see how my timing fits in. I have been playing it slower for now, so we will see how that goes. I am not really ready for that speed, but I might be able to handle a couple of measures, just to get a feel. 

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hey!  like the new blog name!

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Me too . How did you change your blog name mouse ?

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Thanks, @ABitRusty and @Katie L 

I wasn't sure what I wanted to call it when I started it. I thought of it yesterday.

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Well, I do think it is time to say uncle. I simply do not have speed in my fingers and bowing hand to do fast songs or songs with runs in them. I know my limits. It is not a complicated cello part, for those guests who may be reading this and thinking of doing the group project. I just do not have the speed at my age. It is a great cello part and provides much to learn, but not with any swing or speed from my end. I will continue with it on my own, but for my own practice because of that. The runs are not improving, the speed is not improving. Speeding up just destroys everything I have done, 

I know some people can break things down and then put them together. I can do that for a short period of time. After that, if I do not connect it back, it remains as separate pieces. That is what is happening, and those sections are no wheres near able to be played by me.  I know me, and that is the way it is. I do urge other cellists to do this because, without my stiff fingers, panic at the sight of 8th, 16th, trips, and shorter notes, stiff bowing, inability to play fast, this is a great piece to learn from. I need to move on and go back to Myfanwy. I feel like I am progressing with this song.

I am not upset about having to bow out, I know my limits and accept them. This is beyond my limits and finger and arm ability. Other cellists will most likely have no problem, so go for it. I can hear, after watching Gibbles' video, how this will fit it in, so go for it. 😁 I kept telling myself I could do, was positive, but to no avail. I do look forward to seeing the final result.

Myfanwy is a slow piece, but it is not easy. Without all the runs and speed and swing to be done, this is a great beautiful piece to work bowing, expression and accuracy. It requires bowing that is flowing and smooth, with expression. It also requires vibrato as part of the song. It is not done just to do it, which I am not fond of. Vibrato is part of it, so this gives me vibrato practice, too.

My former instructor gave me this piece to do in the Spring 2023. We were chatting on the phone just this past Friday, before he had to head out for an orchestra performance at his college, and he said that pieces like this are not as easy as they look, but he said it is within my ability. He is right. This may be hard, but this one is not impossible for me and it does not make feel defeated, so back to Myfanwy I go. 

So, I did switch back to Myfanwy this morning after just getting nowhere, but backwards with the Group Project. On Myfanwy, I have decided that the sections where I was using the A string are best done by shifting on the D string. This is further up, or down, the D string than I have been, even in lessons, but now works and is much better. There is just one section, because of the note progression, that using the A string for the D note is better.  

Let's face it, for me, it is actually more fun because I like shifting, so far. That is not why I am shifting in the D string though, it is just a better way for me to play it. The flow is easier to maintain. I do have to work on it, though. I am not positioning my left hand on the cello correctly for the D and octave higher than the open D string. I had that problem with lessons for the A-C# on the A string for a piece we were doing. I eventually got it right. I have to do that on the D string. I forgot about it, 🥴.

I feel like a weight has been lifted since I made my decision this morning. Because of that, I know I am right. If I was not right, I would be feeling defeat and regret, which is not the case, The "uncle" visited me this morning. Maybe it was my favorite uncle's ghost, ❤️😁! Maybe, this is why I was feeling better when playing Myfanwy and made the progress with figuring the shifting on the D string. I think so.

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I was on a roll with Myfanwy, but could not play today. We took the A/C 's out of the windows this morning. 

I then emailed the daycare center admin at the BOCES school down the street to see if they could use a few toys we bought for our granddaughter for when she visited for a few days back in 2017. I sent a photo. She replied back very quickly, "The kids would love them. Thank you!"

Then I had a quilt I could not repair. I made it for my older daughter decades ago. I folded it up and put it into the car with the toys. I figured we could stop at the ASPCA and see if they could use it. 

Off we went to BOCES. We dropped off the toys in the main office, To out surprise, the girl we had as a babysitter was the main office admin. So nice to see her, so we caught up. She asked about my kids, and I filled her in about Dennis. She had not heard. 

Then we went to the added 10 miles to the ASPCA. Yes, they could use the quilt.

Busy day.

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