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The 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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@LinDee - Thanks! Still learning how to do some improv and love it when it works!

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Hope all the moms had a great Mother's Day! We celebrated with our son's family and our daughter-in-law's parents at great restaurant buffet, then went back to their house to celebrate their third son's 9th birthday. It was a great day with much fun and laughter!

Practice tonight was 45 minutes. The Ash Grove for 30, Breton Gavotte for 10, and ended up with about 5 minutes of Amazing Grace with several iterations of trying for standard tempo and better tone, then with improv for the fun of it! Good practice, even after a long day.

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After a busy few days, I'm a little worn out. Practice tonight was the same as last night, but only 40 minutes.

End of last week, had to have someone come to the house to check what it would take to replace two sump pumps, only to discover one of them is now working after being turned off since last fall. The other will need to be replaced, but not until next Monday. Then our washer/dryer went out and spent part of Saturday tracking down and purchasing a new one, which will be installed tomorrow. And then Mother's day celebration yesterday with the birthday party for the 9 year old grandson. Today had to prepare for the washer/dryer installation by removing a bi-fold door and moving a barrister book case out of the way to allow the washer/dryers to be swapped.

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Almost as tiring day, new washer/dryer installed complete with leaking water to clean up, air conditioner failed and had to have it repaired. Unseasonably hot weather with no A/C.

Didn't practice the usual stuff, but got 40 minutes in playing Danny Boy, Daisy Bell, Misty Mountain, Nearer My God to Thee, Blind Mary, Oh Shenandoah, Waves of the Danube, Ode to Joy, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Love Theme from Romeo/Juliet, Man of Constant Sorrow, and Improv.

Needed to play, just not practice.

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Boy, talk about a ruff week!  BTDT

You know, that bad stuff comes in three's, so guess you should be all set to get back to normal, now! 

 

...I'm sure you'd rather have a vacation, but this is all I got!

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@JohnG - You're doing great. Thanks for the post.

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but the one who needs the least."

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@ELCBK - I'll see your Chi and raise you a Cha-Cha-Cha! 

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Only 30 minutes today. Did the grocery shopping today and am a little tired. Played The Ash Grove, Breton Gavotte, Spring, and Wayfaring Stranger. The Ash Grove is not coming along as well as I would prefer. Been working on individual phrases, which seems to help (as it should).

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Forgot to post this yesterday, and it was only 20 minutes. Continuing problems with A/C and general tiredness kept it from being more. Did get some quality time in on The Ash Grove, and a little bit playing Breton Gavotte and Wayfaring Stranger w/ slides.

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Thirty minutes tonight playing The Ash Grove, Breton Gavotte, Spring, Ashokan Farewell, and Wayfaring Stranger. Early morning start (5:30am), driving in Chicago traffic for 45 minutes to get to my destination and then an hour to get home definitely tired me out! A/C still not working right and no repair available until a week from Monday! Hopefully it will actually cool down a bit.

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If our A/C doesn't break on it's own during a heat wave, then it's usually a power outage - which is even worse, cause the fans won't work... and then it will rain so we can't open the windows (Murphy's Law). 

Of course we have a generator now, but know how miserable it can be - I really feel like it's harder to breathe when it gets too hot anymore (over 75° 😅). 

Hope everything gets fixed so you can enjoy the rest of the year without these worries.

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Thats an early start and a long day John, I personally have never enjoy drving anywhere, I like the train were I can relax and read, when I can afford the train over here that is. 

I have had trouble with my boiler lately, probably need a new one had a bloke look at it yesterday wants 1300 quid for a new one, so you are not on your own with that.

Hope you are trying to take things easy, which with the travelling you are having to do I know must be hard.

Seems to me you are practicing more than enough.

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@JohnG You might get some cooling off if the cold front coming our way in a couple days is coming from your area. 

We put our A/C in the windows last weekend. We will probably replace the living room one next year. We have another if that one doesn't make it. We didn't put one in one of the rooms we usually do, so there is still one in the basement, if we need it. It is not made to quite cover the area the living room covers, but it will do the living room. I will be more than happy to replace the living room one. I am not fond of it. But then, we have been using it for about 20 years. Amazing. It is the only we bought back then that is still working, a Zenith. Geeze, Zenith, maybe it is older than 20 years. 

We were thinking of getting central air put in, but then we decided not to. We do this thinking every year after we put the A/Cs in the windows. 😁. The house was not built to accommodate central air, so it is a bit of a conundrum as to where to put the needed input and output ducts(?), and the outside unit.  Not really interested in the ductless AC units. Just not sure how many more years we can haul them up and down. I am not bothered by them being in the windows, just getting them into the windows. 

Anyway, I really like your song selection that you are playing. As I recall, we have some of the same books. I am looking forward to hearing the Ash Grove finished project. I will look for you when it is completed.

I wanted to do my cello yesterday, but my bowing arm was really sore. Well, my shoulder more-so than my arm. Made it a bit painful, so I stopped. I wasn't going to be able to do the viola or violin with it, either. I will give it a rest today and then try again, tomorrow. 

I haven't commented here for,you in a while, Imguess I made up for it, 😂😂🤣🤣😂😂.

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I try not to be too negative, but sump pump problems, furnace needing replacement, central air conditioning going out, and new washer/dryer having been purchased, plus now the A/C in the car not working (and yet to be fixed), these have been trying times. And with all these expenses, the purchase of dentures keeps getting pushed off! lol Glad I can still eat most foods except for chips (the American kind) and nuts.

@ELCBK - We're hoping things will settle down, too, although the refrigerator seems to be noisier than usual. And our car is getting old, 2007 Dodge Caravan.

@stringy - Your boiler estimate is about what we paid for our new washer/dryer! And yes, been trying to take it easy and usually it's not bad. Trips into Chicago are not too bad except when it's so early. And practicing is usually fun and helps me forget other problems. 

@Mouse - High of 85° today, mid 70's tomorrow and Monday, and then upper 60's for a couple of days, then low 80's again for two days, then cooler. So, not too bad. Sorry that your arm isn't letting you enjoy the cell/violin/viola! Glad you chimed in again, been missing your comments!

The old curmudgeon!

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I haven't been posting much, but when I do, I tend to catch up, 😁. Posted a bit today. I  will try to participate a little more in your blog, though, 😇.

I think my shoulder will be fine in a couple days. I am letting it rest up a bit. No biggie. Gives me a chance to catch up with other things. 

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Whoo hoo, an hour tonight! Didn't start with my usual and first played Green Green Grass of Home, Oh Shenandoah, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Man of Constant Sorrow, House of Rising Sun, Griogal Cridhe, Dark Island, and Blackest Crow. Ended with The Ash Grove, Breton Gavotte, Spring, Down by the Sally Garden with ornaments, and Ashokan Farewell.

Just felt like I needed the "fun" tunes to warm me up. I also experimented a bit with my two bows. One I got with the new viola and rosined up with the supplied rosin. And then with the gifted bow and the gifted rosin which has become my favorite combo and remains the favored pair.

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Love that you are keeping up with your older tunes!

Why don't you try the other rosin on the newer bow?

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@ELCBK - Bows are pretty well identical and this way I can have one with the gifted rosin and the other with the rosin that came with the viola.

Another day, another practice session. Forty minutes today playing The Ash Grove, Breton Gavotte (recorded), Spring, Down by the Sally Garden, Ashokan Farewell, Wayfaring Stranger, and Simple Gifts.

Finally recorded Breton Gavotte so I could join the gavotte party.

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And now, for something completely different! Forty minutes this afternoon using a free lesson on Artist Works with Darol Anger! Learning some blues! Mainly, Blues on Gravel on C (transposed from on G) using MuseScore. This is really some fun stuff!!!!!

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@JohnG -

OMG! 

You would've had a riot at Fiddle Hell! 

Darol does have GREAT video tutorials!

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