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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 - Thanks!

Only an hour today, after missing yesterday. It was a little different today, as I played fewer tunes and no etudes. I added When Johnny Comes Marching Home to Ghost Riders, Wayfaring Stranger, Greensleeves, Ducks on the Mill Pond, Fiddlers Green, Amazing Grace (with improv), Sounds of Silence, Scarborough Fair, Blind Mary, and Simple Gifts. Tried concentrating on tone more than anything else and wasn't totally disappointed.

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A little change of pace, picked up my viola last night about midnight and played some things from memory and improvised a bit. Only about 10 minutes or so, but very satisfying.

Today, got an hour in with a revised repertoire. Essential Elements 119-124 Skill G Maj, D String Etudes, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Wayfaring Stranger, Green Sleeves, Ducks On the Mill Pond, Fiddlers Green, Ashokan Farewell, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Amazing Grace with improv, Sounds of Silence, Scarborough Fair, Blind Mary, Skye Boat Song, Danny Boy, Song from a Secret Garden, Come Saturday Morning, Both Sides Now, Simple Gifts, and Improv.

Only two more days of practice ahead, as I'll take my viola in for the nut and bridge adjustment on Tuesday.

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And now, for something completely different (but still viola related).

Spent about 45 minutes trying to adjust the Wolf Secundo (thanks @Retired) instead of using the Kun. Seems pretty good now and we will see. My practice of about an hour was all improv while I concentrated on tone and how the viola felt with the Wolf shoulder rest. With only less than two days before I won't be playing for awhile, I just wanted to hear and feel the sounds that I was able to make.

Tomorrow, the viola goes in to have the nut and bridge reduced in height and Wednesday, all my teeth come out. Between the two, there will not be any practicing for awhile! I'm already feeling withdrawal! But on a happier note, my quarterly medical testing was completed on Friday and the results are that my cancer is currently stable with no need for panic at this time!

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@JohnG -

Really hope everything goes well for you and your viola.  

I still believe you'll be playing sooner than you think! 😉 

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- Emily

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JohnG

Fantastic about your test results,

Hopefully the gums will heal quickly.

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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@ELCBK and @Mark - Thanks!

So, tonight I decided I wanted to play a little more and went through a stack of music I had retrieved from a closet, all piano, I thought! But then found this one. Copyright 1961, with a photo copy of music with a copyright of 1963, which just happens to be when I took my one and only group lesson course in junior college!

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Pretty cool!

Can't wait to hear if there's some great music in it - maybe some you don't remember? 

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JohnG said
And now, for something completely different (but still viola related).

Spent about 45 minutes trying to adjust the Wolf Secundo (thanks @Retired) instead of using the Kun. Seems pretty good now and we will see. My practice of about an hour was all improv while I concentrated on tone and how the viola felt with the Wolf shoulder rest. With only less than two days before I won't be playing for awhile, I just wanted to hear and feel the sounds that I was able to make.

Tomorrow, the viola goes in to have the nut and bridge reduced in height and Wednesday, all my teeth come out. Between the two, there will not be any practicing for awhile! I'm already feeling withdrawal! But on a happier note, my quarterly medical testing was completed on Friday and the results are that my cancer is currently stable with no need for panic at this time!

  

Hi,

Only just spotted this so I hope all's gone well for you; there's never any queue jumping at the dentists. You'll soon get over it in a few days and I'm pleased to learn your cancer results are stable long may they remain so. Good luck and you'll soon be practicing once again.

https://www.123greetings.com/g.....ll130.html

Kind regards, Colin.

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@JohnG  Wishing you well & quick healing from your dental procedure--glad to hear about your test results. 

While you're healing, you can look through your wonderful Mueller Rusch book.  Did you think, all those years ago, that you'd save that book to pull it out now to play from it? 

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

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@ELCBK, @Retired and @SharonC - Thanks for the thoughts and wishes! Emily, it is a very basic beginner book with simple tunes and exercises; Colin, love the cat card; and Sharon, I have no idea why I kept it for so long, but am glad I rediscovered this piece of my history and though I don't remember it, our daughter must have briefly used this, as her name is written at the top left corner of the cover! She went on to play flute and piccolo during her teens.

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Feeling bereft! Viola is in the shop and it was as difficult as leaving a pet at a boarding place or veterinarian. Now that it's not here, I want to play it!!!!

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JohnG

We understand the feeling.

Mark

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Albert Sammons

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Funny story! Dropped off viola yesterday, probable time to wait 4-5 days. Got a call from the luthier this afternoon while I was in pre-op at the hospital. ALL DONE! Will be 2-3 days before I'm up to getting it! lol

Got to hospital at 10:00, up to surgical waiting room at 10:15, sat in pre-op until 2:30pm, didn't get home until 8:00pm. Long day!

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@JohnG -

Wow, you sure had a long day! 

I was pretty much awake thru all the cracking and crunching of my surgery when all of mine were removed, so I was back home a bit quicker. (lol)  Unfortunately, a few weeks later I had to return because they missed some fragments - probably not unusual being I opted for a teaching Hospital. 🙄  Hopefully you won't have that issue. 

Isn't it ridiculous how we get so attached/addicted to these musical instruments? 

Maybe you can have someone pick it up from the Luthier for you.  Or maybe it's just a good time to search the forum, watch some YouTube videos and plan on what you'll play next. 

 

Good thing you'll be fine in time for Halloween Candy! 

...maybe not peanuts for a while, but there's always Peanut Butter, or Nutello!

- Emily

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Whoo hoo! Got my viola back today, and I can't believe the difference that nut and bridge adjustment made! So much easier to finger the notes. Feels almost "silky", now. Didn't play but about 5 minutes but there wasn't any discomfort, so more later, methinks.

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Glad to hear that, @JohnG.

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Fantastic!!!

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons

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Actually got to practice for about 20 minutes tonight. A G major etude, The Blackest Crow (new), When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Wayfaring Stranger, Greensleeves, Ducks on the Millpond, Amazing Grace, and Simple Gifts, plus a little improv. Just enough to whet my appetite for more, soon.

The bridge adjustment may have flattened the curvature of strings over the finger board a bit, or my arm was shaky, because I seemed to have a little more trouble with unintentional chording. Either way, I am really enjoying the feel of strings a whole lot more.

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Ah ha!

Didn't think you'd be able to stay away for long! 

Hope your mouth is starting to feeling better. 😊

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Wasn't going to practice tonight after a full day at our son's, with his wife, 4 grandkids, her parents, and my brother-in-law and his wife. However at 9:35, decided I had to play! lol

Forty minutes with same as last night, but added the D major etude. I'm still having a problem with what I perceive as a reduced arc to the strings and picking up adjoining strings. But it may just be me continuing to recover from anesthesia, extraction, and surgery.

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