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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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Practiced late last night and never got around to updating this blog. Another hour, another familiar list played, Song from a Secret Garden, Sailor's Song, Ode to Joy, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence, Raglan Road, Scales, and Improv.

It's beginning to be a bit boring to report, but still really enjoying the moments when stuff sounds pretty good and that keeps me happy!

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You are doing great.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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@Mouse - Thanks, just wish my progress was moving faster than it is.

Another hour today, and since it was such a beautiful day, I tortured my neighbors by practicing with an open patio door! Nobody screamed or called the police, so they either didn't mind or they stayed inside with the doors and windows shut! lol

Same old tunes for today, Song from a Secret Garden, Sailor's Song, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence, Raglan Road, Scales, and Improv. except I skipped the Ode to Joy!

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Hey, @JohnG If it gets to be a chore to do your blog everyday, and in the end, also affects the amount of time and enjoyment of your viola, just cut back to 3-4 times a week with blog entries. Hey, If you want, and I haven't seen anything in 3 days, I can shoot you a PM kick in the butt! fainting-1344done

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Apathy has set in today. A three hour round trip into Chicago for blood work and two CT scans has left me unable to play today. Probably shouldn't, but sometimes all the medical stuff wears me down. I've been dealing with metastisized thyroid cancer for 26 years now and sometimes the constant testing and treatment gets the better of me.

Oh well, as Scarlett said, "After all, tomorrow is another day".

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So sorry to read about your issues, JohnB. I hope you are able to raise your spirits again, soon. 

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@Mouse - Tomorrow, I'll be fine again! These moods pass quickly as I've had enough practice! lol

Today is just about a little weariness. And I'll probably never mention this again, at least not here. This place is for music and joy! Let's keep it that way.

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@JohnG -

Hope it's just the testing aspect getting to you right now. 

Thank goodness for Grandkids, Family & Friends - keeps us going! 

 

- Emily

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@ELCBK - Yep!

Got my hour of Song from a Secret Garden, Sailor's Song, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence, Raglan Road, Scales, and Improv. in this afternoon and it felt good to play again. Had a little trouble with sore upper left arm, and don't know if it from testing yesterday, taking a day off from practicing, or just getting old! lol 

Whatever, didn't stop me from enjoying the time.

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And playing the same tunes, Song from a Secret Garden, Sailor's Song, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence, Raglan Road, Scales, Improv., got my hour in yesterday. Some days I take a couple of steps forward and others, a step back, but making progress.

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And yet another hour today, playing Song from a Secret Garden, Sailor's Song, Ode to Joy, Michael Row, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence, Raglan Road, Scales, Improv. 

Ode and Michael were added back in just because I needed to play some fun stuff (relatively speaking! lol).

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@JohnG Your progress sounds like me. 

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And now for something different. As I've noted before, my musical background is rather diverse and one aspect of it was choral singing, both in church and junior college.

Previously I remarked about being part of the performance of the Berlioz Requiem, but another notable production was "Amahl and the Night Visitors" put on by our church choirs when I was a member of the Chapel Choir. It was a full costumed/set production that was done in our multipurpose room (and sometime basketball court). With the many talented people, it was a grand performance that was a lot of fun to participate in and was well received by the rest of the congregation and guests.

For those who don't know, "Since its first performance on Christmas Eve, 1951, Amahl and the Night Visitors has taken its place with A Christmas Carol as a holiday classic. Peformed on every continent and in many languages, it has been seen by more people than any other opera in history."

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"Amahl and the Night Visitors is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti with an original English libretto by the composer. It was commissioned by NBC and first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951, in New York City at NBC studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, where it was broadcast live on television from that venue as the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. It was the first opera specifically composed for television in America.".

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@JohnG -

Very interesting! 

Are you going to get back involved with choir?

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ELCBK said
@JohnG -

Very interesting! 

Are you going to get back involved with choir?  

No, after one of my surgeries several years ago, a nerve was traumatized that caused me to lose my voice for about 6 months before it came back and my voice has never been the same, not that it was that great before! lol

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You make your viola sing.

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Another something new! Exported the Raglan Road score from MuseScore as a midi file, brought it into Studio One where I Mixed it (with no changes) and saved it as an MP3. Ported it over to my phone via DropBox and got it into Pi Music Player in its own playlist with repeat turned on.

Then, using bluetooth to my hearing aids, was able to hear it playing and attempted to play along with it! Attempted being the key word. But I already feel a difference in playing it after just about 15 minutes. Time will tell how beneficial this will be!

But I'm optimistic!

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@JohnG -

Great idea!   

 

PS. It's 🤬 getting old... er. 

But good we're still squawking! 

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Great practice tonight! In addition to the 15 minutes earlier trying out the music in the ears, got another hour in tonight. Concentrated on Raglan Road and then into Song from a Secret Garden, Sailor's Song, Ode to Joy, Michael Row, Amazing Grace, Sound of Silence, Scales, Improv.

Raglan was again mostly done with the midi playing in my ears. It actually seemed to help with the other tunes as well. Fingering? Bowing? Don't know just seemed easier.

I'm a happy camper tonight!

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JohnG said
Another something new! Exported the Raglan Road score from MuseScore as a midi file, brought it into Studio One where I Mixed it (with no changes) and saved it as an MP3. Ported it over to my phone via DropBox and got it into Pi Music Player in its own playlist with repeat turned on.

Then, using bluetooth to my hearing aids, was able to hear it playing and attempted to play along with it! Attempted being the key word. But I already feel a difference in playing it after just about 15 minutes. Time will tell how beneficial this will be!

But I'm optimistic!

  

fun aint it!?  not to just information vomit like im inclined to do on some things...but once you have the midi in presonus you can look over on the right in the browser panel..select instruments...then assign any of those to the midi...a more realistic piano..violin..accordian if theres ine there..whatever.  the only thing you may have to do extra is, depending on the instrument, drop or raise the octave by transposing ( its in a right click on top of the midi track )  bass wouldnt sound right way up in the violin register for example.  also...at spitfire audio in the U.K. they have a section called LABS that has a bunch of high quality VST (virtual) instruments.   for when you get to that point ; )   pretty sure you will eventually.  Too much info maybe..use if helpful..

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