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Hi BillyG and the rest. You mentioned the background track in your post from MuseScore. Is this something you found there or created? If you can create your own backing tracks is there a link to a forum that explains how or a tutorial on the MuseScore site? I am asking because in the local group I mentioned I play mostly second violin and I have troubles practicing without the first part playing. I am pretty sure I am not the only one. It would be incredible if we could get tracks so we can all practice our parts before we come together if that makes sense.
Hia @DonnaF - my apologies for the delay in answering.
As regards MuseScore - I just downloaded it (https://musescore.com/), and "worked with it, until I got it to work for me" if you know what I mean.
It is freeware, and it is not perfect by any means, but I could say that equally about other paid-for products to be honest.
I'm just a "computer-geek" and as I say "I got it to work for me" - and I find it REALLY good actually. I put the backing track together myself, based on several different versions I found on the MuseScore site.
I'm pretty sure there are "in detail" FAQs about MuseScore, if not an actual fully-blown online manual ???? Not sure about that...
But - if you know how to create scores, with multiple parts ( I mean from a musical point of view, and understand the harmonies and rhythms required ) Musescore is a breeze - but you gotta have a reasonable musical background if you are going-in "cold" - or of course - you can go with an actual score in front of you while you copy / enter it into Musescore to create your play-alongs.
Check it out, you won't be disappointed !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
as promised, a new tune I've been working on... Ok, so it's been sitting on the music stand for almost 2 years, but I made it through. Now to polish and sweeten it up..
Taken from an orchestra rehearsal on Monday night, which was Day 16 for me.
I wasn't very happy with my playing there. Because someone didn't turn on the heat in advance, my hands (and probably a lot of other people's) felt like blocks of ice for the first hour or so of the rehearsal. You can see it in my less-than-stellar bow control. Still, it's the first video I've taken in the entire challenge so far that features a whole movement of anything, and it might be the only thing I'm practicing right now that I'm sure almost everyone here has heard.
Hi everyone! I'm on day 11 (at least I think it's day 11 - I'll have to put it on a calendar so I don't lose track!).
Anyhoo, posting a new song that I just started the other day called Fallen Soldier by Jay Ungar. I've just recently discovered his music and am really enjoying it. Please excuse the scratchies - recording still makes me REALLY nervous. But I'm hopeful that as I do it more, it will effect my playing less.
Happy practicing to all!
P.S. - I am LOVING all the videos that have already been posted....... @AndrewH @Fiddlerman @Ripton etc
Was feeling a bit burned out this weekend, so spent some time Saturday on something different, which I'm not really planning working on seriously until after I'm finished with one of my current solo pieces.
So it turns out John Williams wrote a viola concerto, and it's nothing like his film music...
#100daysofpractice day 21: feeling a little burned out, so after some bowing exercises, decided to spend some time on something new (though I'm not planning to work on this seriously until I'm done with at least one of my other pieces)... did you know John Williams wrote a viola concerto? Nothing like his film music, as you can see... #violapractice #violanation #playhomieplay #johnwilliams #notstarwars
Hope everyone is still doing well with their practice 😀
I've been trying out playing things to try and get me out of my bowing comfort zone... short and fast bow strokes... and into the longer bowing, trying to incorporate bowing that I do in scales and etudes and find tunes that I can test them out in. The first tune in this video reminds me of an etude, so is a good one for me to use to work on it, just simple and pretty. Second tune I just played for fun, haha.
Recently changed my strings to Vision, so purposly playing closer to the fingerboard to reduce the loud metallic nasal sound they at the moment as they break in.
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
I've been taking planned breaks. Sometimes you actually need them if you've been practicing very intensely for a while. I took Sunday off after playing a concert with one of my orchestras on Saturday. I don't have a full video of any piece from the concert, but here's a couple clips from the Friday night dress rehearsal:
Also, a very short clip from the performance, taken by a friend of a friend. (We collaborated with a local ballet school on the Tchaikovsky.)
And then back on the practice wagon on Monday.
#100daysofpractice day 29: Bach at it after the concert! I like to play through a random movement from a Bach cello suite to finish my warm-up routine: one shot straight through the movement, no correcting errors, just keep playing. (#playhomieplay!) But today I never really got unstuck, not surprising after a big concert and with weather cooling down again... ugh, sloppy string crossing. Also spent some time working on the development of the Arpeggione Sonata, and deciding on bowings (what you see is not entirely what I ended up deciding on). And finally, a few minutes of Clarke (not shown), just checking the second half of the 1st movement. I'd like to record a full play-through of that Clarke sonata movement in the next few days if I have time. #violapractice #bach #schubert #arpeggionesonata
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