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August 16, 2022 - 11:48 am
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I started playing my two selected violin pieces today, Jefferson County and Country Stroll. Pretty sure I made a wise choice. They are not as easy as the sheet music would have you think. They have a lot to offer.

Both are key of G. 

Jefferson County This song wants to be played fast. It is hard to make it go at a speed I can handle. So, that is a challenge. It also has some E string, I need work on that. I have to go from the A to B a couple times. I always have issues there because my third finger slides up and when I go back to the A after the B with the 4th finger, I am messed up. I now have to concentrate on that. There is an optional double stop with the D on the A string and open D string. I am trying to do that. 

For now, I am breaking it into sections. Right now, I am stopping with the 3rd beat of the 8th measure. The 4th beat leads into the next measure, so I stop on the 3rd beat. I do end with going through the entire piece a couple times.

Country Stroll This piece is eighth and sixteenth notes, with a couple quarter notes. You would think it would be labeled fast, but it is moderate. The black notes are freaking me out a bit, but after I get going at the speed I need, I seem to be okay. First couple times through were a little tense. The main thing with this piece is its constant speed and changeups between the 8th and 16th notes. There are only 4 quarter notes, at the end of 4 of the measures.

Ths 5th and 7th measures have pizzicato. Never did that before, so that is a good feature of this song. A little uncoordinated with it right now, but not too bad, I just do it with the run through, a couple times, at the end of my session. TI am stopping at the end of the 4th measure, so those measures are not, technically, being worked on right now. 

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The more you play, the easier it will get to play it to time.  You know this.

As for the left hand being out of position issue; I have the same problem.  Early on it was worse than it is now so practice is the key to solving it.  I got used to checking my hand position after certain 4th finger reaches and resetting as needed even if I couldn't stay on tempo because of it.  The more I did that, the faster I was able to reset my hand position.  I'm still not at a place where I'm smooth at it, but that will come.  Eventually.  I hope.  Learning Third Position might help with that too because I'll have to go from 1st, to 3rd and back again.  Which means I have to know when my hand is in the correct position after the change to/from.

8th and 16th notes are still just notes.  Shorter than half or quarter notes, but still just notes.  You simply just play them.

 

I'm going to start Suzuki Vol. 2 this weekend.  First piece is the Chorus from Judas Maccabaes.  I hate it already and I've barely looked at it.

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@RDP Actually, The Chorus From Judas Maccabaes is quite fun. I did it and do it on my viola and cello, also. I did not like it at first, but ince you get into it, it is fun. Break it up into sections. There is a lot of room for your own interpretation for how you want to play it once you get into it. I will play that with other songs when I just pull an instrument off the rack to play. It joined the other ones that I have memorized and do with the pulled down instrument, informal playing.

So, give it a chance and go into it with a positive attitude. I would have had an easier time with it, had I done that. It is fun, and not really hard, but challenging and continues on from Book 1, so not at the same level.

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@mouse

I'd rather hate it.  That way when I get frustrated and need to vent, I have a good reason to yell.

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Well, @RDP I tried to attach an audio recording, but it wouldn't work. I am not interested in messing with youtube. Too time consuming and I am deleting all those videos from Youtube. I thought that if I did the audio recording on the Voice Recording app that I could just attach the little MP4 file with attachments below the text box, but it is a no go. The file is grayed out when I go to the location on my iPad to attach it. PDF's, yes, but the MP4, no. I was only going to do it one time, anyway. 

It was the same thing when I tried to PM it to you, obviously. 

Mouse is an appropriate username for me, lots of squeaks.

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Pity, it should have worked, it says under the Attachment button :

Media allowed types : swf, dcr, mov, qt, mpg, mp3, mp4, mid, mpeg, avi, wmv, wm, asf, asx, wmx, wvx, rm, ra, ram, SWF, DCR, MOV, QT, MPG, MP3, MP4, MID, MPEG, AVI, WMV, WM, ASF, ASX, WMX, WVX, RM, RA, RAM, WAV, wav, pdf, PDF, mus, MUS

size : unlimited

Too bad, we won't hear you play… but keep us updated anyway :--)

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August 18, 2022 - 10:10 am
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@wtw, I was very surprised. 

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Ah, it is M4A, not MP4. I would have to convert it to an MP4. That takes too much time away from playing and other things. Plus, another app to find and download.

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Ah, that explains it.

(On my mac, I can change a .m4a file to a .mp3 simply by changing the file extension – writing .mp3 at the end of the file name. Seems to work. But, no such luck on iOS (phone)…)

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Mouse said
Well, @RDP I tried to attach an audio recording, but it wouldn't work. I am not interested in messing with youtube. Too time consuming and I am deleting all those videos from Youtube. I thought that if I did the audio recording on the Voice Recording app that I could just attach the little MP4 file with attachments below the text box, but it is a no go. The file is grayed out when I go to the location on my iPad to attach it. PDF's, yes, but the MP4, no. I was only going to do it one time, anyway. 

It was the same thing when I tried to PM it to you, obviously. 

Mouse is an appropriate username for me, lots of squeaks.

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C'est la vie.  I will have to substitute a melody in my mind for your playing and be inspired by that rather than the real thing.

Inspiration would be good because I haven't played a note since sometime last week.  I am thinking of trying again today, but I'm not sure I will.  It's just interference from some serious work related burn out but it is interference none the less.

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RDP said

Inspiration would be good because I haven't played a note since sometime last week.  I am thinking of trying again today, but I'm not sure I will.  It's just interference from some serious work related burn out but it is interference none the less.

  

I totally get that. I was that way the end of last year/beginning of this year from my old job. I couldn’t relax to enjoy playing.

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I am still working on these pieces and are a LOT of fun.

I want to use Jefferson County to get more speed from my fingers after I can play through the entire song smoothly at the speed I am currently doing. 

For some reason, I have issues with Country Stroll. I think it is because it is a different rhythm and it affects me when going from one to the other. Rather that dodge that issue, I will continue working both.

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