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Interesting blog @Mouse with lots of personal content. Happiness is a new Viola & bow; congratulations and good luck.
I'm sorry to learn of your knee problem speaking from first hand; I still have two original knees but my left knee cap is now missing. Way back in 1970 in winter I had only ridden about 100 yards from my chums home when a lunatic car driver hit me head on; I was riding my 750cc Norton Atlas; I hit his car exactly between its headlights and was thrown right over the car roof to bounce from a low brick garden wall back into the road; the car was iced up and this idiot was driving peering through nothing more than a letter box; he even had a child with him; he didn't see me until he got out of his now heavily modified car. It sure hurt as I walked into the ambulance and from the ambulance into the A&E. I didn't know my right ankle was fractured or my left knee cap was shattered.
This idiot whilst I was fully bandaged and plastered up laying in the hospital bed had the downright nastiness to pay me a visit complaining he was having to go to work on the bus and could he claim a car from my insurance; it's a good job for him I was bed bound otherwise he too would have joined me in hospital. I had the pot on my right leg for six weeks and whenever I needed to walk I had to bandage a splint onto my left leg for support. I no longer miss my knee cap and can still climb trees.
A bit of good news to cheer you up @Mouse our best friends a married couple both had a knee replacement about three years ago they are now aged about 80. They were soon back on their feet after the operations and in no time at all out walking their usual 6 miles or so and they still enjoy life to the full. I truly wish you all the very best.
Bron like you enjoys card making and like you has pain in her arm; with the run up to Christmas Bron's been spending hours making beautiful Christmas cards but about a week ago she was in so much pain she couldn't sleep being in agony with pain from her right hand up her arm and into her neck. Card making is Bron's main hobby so I needed to be gentle when I suggested she stop card making for a week to see if the pain eased at all; Bron uses heavy crimping scissors for cutting card and I was convinced she was now suffering from repetitive strain. Bron reluctantly agreed to stop card making for two weeks; she was convinced it was her arthritis at fault; now about a week later she's a great deal better and sleeping well also she's not using Ibuleve ointment any longer; she was going through tubes of this which worried me.
You're light years ahead of me regarding playing music @Mouse ; it seems every time I approach my violins I'm interrupted to the point yesterday I didn't plan a thing for the day and also today; typical of my luck no interruptions yesterday and so far no interruptions today; I've even quietly wandered into the studio for a few practice sessions; not planned just do it and it works.
Kind regards, Colin.
I'm pleased you're on the mend @Mouse .
There's so much to do all at once isn't there; I'm still practicing bowing on the violin and getting used to using all four fingers but now I'm gaining a bit of experience it's no longer feeling as strange as it did when I first started; it's been said many times it comes down to lots of practice but many give up finding it all too difficult. I practice at least once each day for only about 20 or 30 minutes but today I've practiced twice; if I try to practice too long I just lose the plot so little but often seems to work.
It sounds like a good plan to get good at one thing before moving on; I'm definitely a novice but agree good bowing control/technique is so important without this nothing else will fall into place; some days are better than others but stick at it.
Kind regards, Colin.
I have heard of you will never walk alone, as has every single person in the north west of England, in Liverpool were I am from its sung in the kop at Anfield, its the unnoficial anthem of LFC.
I was also looking at Berceuse for violin, I have it in a romantic classical music book, looks very interesting. For learning I dont think you can go wrong learning first position by playing jigs and reels, on violin anyway, and then once you go for third learn them all again in that position, thats what I have done anyway, gOt my fingers used to placement without looking at an etude. And much more enjoyable as well.
I actually thought of getting a viola, but in the uk, what yOu get for the money isnt that great, pity fiddlerman doesnt have a shop over here.