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The New Old Guy Re-Entering the String World
A personal view of the start of a journey into music and the viola.
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@Mouse - Hope you come back strong, soon. We'll miss you.

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Thanks. Like I said, nothing serious, just a slow recovering time issue. And I will be making quick pop ins. You can’t get rid of me that easy. 😂😂

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@Mouse - I hear ya', I'm starting an 8 round beam radiation treatment on Tuesday (8 sessions over two weeks) that may cut down on my energy enough to impact practice. Third time for this kinda stuff, so not worrisome.

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@JohnG , @Mouse -

Health problems always suck - wishing you both the best through all of it. 

Hope nothing stops you from playing music.

So grateful this forum is here to keep us connected! 

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@ELCBK violin-1267Never going to give up music, now that I've re-found it!

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Oh, I am fine. Will just be sidelined for a while. I wasn't going to say anything, but I didn't want anyone to think I was ignoring the forum, and if John didn't get a party participant before I had to back off for a little bit, I didn't want him to think I was ignoring him. I like that party idea with everyone playing the same song. It will be interesting. And what a way to learn it, by listening and watching others.

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Short practice tonight. Went to son and his family's for their youngest son's birthday (6 years old) and didn't get home until 7:00pm and tonight was an Xbox game night with two of my old friends playing Destiny 2.

Half hour playing Essential Elements 119-124, Skill G Maj, D String Etudes, Cluck Old Hen, Dawning of the Day, Danny Boy, Fiddlers Green, Skye Boat Song, Simple Gifts, Misty Mtn, and Slan Le Maigh.

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@JohnG -

...noticed you're playing a mighty fine variety of tunes! 🤗

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@elcbk - Thanks, it keeps my interest alive!

Missed yesterday, and got an hour in today. Full repertoire of Essential Elements 119-124 Skill G Maj, D String Etudes, Cluck Old Hen, Dawning of the Day, Raglan Rd, Danny Boy, Fiddlers Green, Skye Boat Song, Simple Gifts, Misty Mtn, Slan Le Maigh, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence.

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Practice time today was adjusting my new Wolfe Forte Secondo Viola Shoulder Rest that I just got from Fiddlershop! Not sure it is adjusted right for me yet. Put it on, play a little, take it off, shape the pad, put it on, play a little, readjust the location, play a little, ... Ad infinitum! As I posted in my "Support Fiddlershop" entry, I was very happy to see cut and shaped cardboard being used instead of bubble wrap. Much more eco-friendly.

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Substituted Cluck Old Hen with Annie's Song so I can join @katie m's party in the near future. The new shoulder rest seems to be working out fairly well, but time will tell.  

Got an hour in today. Full repertoire of Essential Elements 119-124 Skill G Maj, D String Etudes, Annie's Song, Dawning of the Day, Raglan Rd, Danny Boy, Fiddlers Green, Skye Boat Song, Simple Gifts, Misty Mtn, Slan Le Maigh, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence.

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A good day today. Put in an hour and 20 minutes and enjoyed all of it, including some improv, primarily on G and D strings, fun stuff. So the full repertoire of Essential Elements 119-124 Skill G Maj, D String Etudes, Annie's Song, Dawning of the Day, Raglan Rd, Danny Boy, Fiddlers Green, Skye Boat Song, Simple Gifts, Misty Mtn, Slan Le Maigh, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence, and Improv.

Still adjusting the shoulder rest, but it has already improved my comfort and control.

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Typical day, with an hour playing usual repertoire of Essential Elements 119-124 Skill G Maj, D String Etudes, Annie's Song, Dawning of the Day, Raglan Rd, Danny Boy, Fiddlers Green, Skye Boat Song, Simple Gifts, Misty Mtn, Slan Le Maigh, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence. Didn't do any improv today, though.

Annie's Song is giving me fits as it just doesn't sound right. In some cases I'm not hitting the C# properly on the G string, but even when I check the tuner indication and I'm on pitch, still doesn't make it. I'm going to have to use my MuseScore to create an MP3 file that I can listen to while I'm playing it and find out what I'm messing up on.

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Dont know if you know this John, but when your tuner reads c sharp it could be wrong.

The reason is that c sharp should actually be a touch sharper than your tuner reads, depending on your tuner, the gap between c sharp and d is shortened, as is the gap between f sharp and g. This is called pythagorean tuning, you may already know this or may not, but in violin playing and viola, it is fairly important

So even though your tuner is correct, you should play a tiny touch sharper, Andrew h could probably explain this better than me, but you will find this a lot, I really struggled at first with this concept. 

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By the way I used to love skyrim, and the first couple of resident evils

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@stringy - Thanks for the heads up. I'm hoping the Peterson Strobo Clip with Viola sweetner takes this into account. In any event, I'll try the play along method to narrow down my problem(s).

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stringy said
By the way I used to love skyrim, and the first couple of resident evils  

I tried Elder Scrolls and other RPGs but could never really get into them. Prefer the FPS like Halo, Destiny, Call of Duty, etc. 

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Hi, @JohnG. No, I am not back full time. I was just logged in and thought I would post a “Hello” to you.

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@Mouse - Hi, back atcha! Always glad to hear from you, just take care of yourself!

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Typical day (kinda), with 40 minutes playing usual repertoire of Essential Elements 119-124 Skill G Maj, D String Etudes, Annie's Song, Dawning of the Day, Raglan Rd, Danny Boy, Fiddlers Green, Skye Boat Song, Simple Gifts, Misty Mtn, Slan Le Maigh, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence. Didn't do any improv today, though. Only about 10 minutes on the etudes and quick run throughs on most tunes. Not feeling up to snuff and originally thought I'd only do 30 minutes, but wanted to force my way through the normal repertoire.

I think part of the reason for the malaise was I completed 4 of the 8 beam radiation treatments last week, got 3 coming up this week, and 1 the following. But the playing helps my general feeling of well being.

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