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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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@Irv - Thanks!

So, two days off from practicing and it really shows. My left shoulder starting aching a little about half way through, not enough to quit, but it was there. An hour today, playing the usual Greenfields, Nearer My God to Thee, Away in the Manger, Ode to Joy, Blackest Crow, Amazing Grace plus improv, Wayfaring Stranger plus improv, Ducks on the Mill Pond, Simple Gifts, Greensleeves, Danny Boy, Improv. Also dug out Dawning of the Day and was disappointed at how much I had forgotten how to play it.

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Another hour+ today, with all the ones from yesterday, plus I added I Saw Three Ships as transposed by @SharonC for @ABitRusty's party, transposed it down an octave, and changed to alto clef. Probably spent 20 minutes total on it and merely ran through most of the rest.

No shoulder ache today, so probably just the two days off prior to last night's practice were the cause. All in all, a decent practice session even with some 4th finger failures.

Edited to properly attribute party to @ABitRusty. 

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A change of pace, another hour, but only three things played. I practiced Wayfaring Stranger and attempted to use an MuseScore generated mp3 file. It was chaotic, but eventually turned out pretty well. I had to take a break to regenerate it at 80bpm from 90 as it just seemed too fast to both my ear and my fingers. Spent a fair amount of time on the I Saw Three Ships that @SharonC used after using MuseScore to change clef and to transpose down an octave for use with my viola. The third thing practiced was Amazing Grace with and without improvisation. That was just a fun thing to do, to end the session.

Wednesday night we are looking forward to going to an advent service at which our son will be playing his baritone! Been a couple of years since we had that pleasure.

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Last night, Nov 30, got only half an hour in, playing I Saw Three Ships, Wayfaring Stranger, and Amazing Grace with improv.

Today, I went to our library and availed myself of their A/V Lab. The iPad had been left to discharge its battery, so I only used their audio recording setup to do a little learning on GarageBand and then about 40 minutes with last night's trio of tunes to attempt video recording with their greenscreen and ring light, and my phone. Went from mediocre to barely passable. Found I can't use the ring light and look directly at the camera, as I end up with bright circles around my eyes from my glasses! lol

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Well, double disappointment tonight, our son played trombone instead of baritone (which I love more) and afterwards, we were going to try and play some duets, but we only had half an hour after the service before we had to head home to remove food and water from one of the cats who is going in for teeth cleaning and probable removal of a broken tooth.

Our son did his usual excellent job with the trombone, but the tone of the baritone is what I missed. The valves on the baritone started acting up and thus couldn't be used. Grandkids are performing in the Advent service next Wednesday, and of course, that can't be missed, so hopefully son and I will have some time to try out some duets.

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@JohnG -

Hope everything turns out great next week! 

...and somebody better record it all! 

 

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I like Craig Duncan's music - have you seen this? 

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What do you mean by "baritone", John?

I know of baritone voice, baritone sax and baritone ukulele, and, to make it more complicated, the trombone evolved out of the tenor sackbut, so maybe a baritone is another name for a bass trombone?

No, it's not difficult to guess it's one of these

but I discovered this by accident.

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@Gordon Shumway - Baritone is similar to the euphonium but "A baritone has a smaller bore and bell than a euphonium, with tubing that is mostly cylindrical, meaning that the tubing is the same diameter throughout. Its sound is lighter and brighter. Baritones typically have three valves, but may have four."

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@ELCBK - I sincerely doubt that neither our son nor I would be willing to share a video of this first attempt at such an endeavor.

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@JohnG -

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JohnG said
Well, double disappointment tonight, our son played trombone instead of baritone (which I love more)...............

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@Gordon Shumway - Baritone is similar to the euphonium but "A baritone has a smaller bore and bell than a euphonium, with tubing that is mostly cylindrical, meaning that the tubing is the same diameter throughout. Its sound is lighter and brighter. Baritones typically have three valves, but may have four.

I don't know how many people know this, but I played the Baritone/Euphonium in band when I was in High School.

Baritone is usually used more in marching band due to it's lighter weight. Euphonium in concert band. We marched with Euphoniums because we preferred the richer sound. 😁

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My son did the tuba! I loved that sound. Only 2 years. 

Hey, JohnG, I need to catch up with your blog. I am a little behind. Remember when I was impressed you had 3 or 5 pages? Well, now you have 27! I am really impressed. 

I am more with my cello now. I think I will have to change my little blog to violin/viola/cello to cover whatever I am working with. What do you think? I mean, really, you are the blog guru here. 😁

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Doh! I thought JohnG was logged in. Yoo Hoo, JohnG, you have a visitor. 

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@Mouse - I'm always logged on, blog is for you, not instrument (imho), so put 'em all in!

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I changed my blog title to cover all three. 😂

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@Fiddlerman - Our son played trombone in marching band and jazz band and baritone in concert (usually). This was all in junior high and high school. My fondest memory of his playing was in a high school concert band, Christmas program where he played a solo in the Holst Suite for Military Band.

Here is a brief clip of the concert with a short lead-in to his solo.

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Less than 10 years ago my father told me that he was in the Salvation Army when he was 13 and tried to learn the cornet, but it was too difficult! 

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@JohnG -

Your son is VERY talented! 

It's wonderful! 

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@Gordon Shumway - Yeah, I hear ya'. I never learned too much about my dad's young years as he was apparently not a model child or citizen, though he definitely outgrew it.

@ELCBK - I agree, but then I'm biased! That clip was recorded by me on cassette tape when he was 17 years old. He probably could have become professional, but he had no desire. I remember making him practice and we'd hear him playing tunes in his bedroom and found out in later life that he would read articles while he played!

His sister was almost as talented with flute and piccolo and was usually 1st or 2nd chair throughout most of high school.

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After a day off, I got in an hour today with the current full repertoire of Greenfields, Nearer My God to Thee, Away in the Manger, Ode to Joy, Blackest Crow, Amazing Grace plus improv, Wayfaring Stranger plus improv, Ducks on the Mill Pond, Simple Gifts, Greensleeves, Danny Boy, and Improv.

Larger percentage of time was once again devoted to Wayfaring Stranger, I Saw Three Ships, and Amazing Grace. Trying to use the tuner more to determine if I'm hitting the notes in tune or at least close.

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