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What are your goals for 2022?
A topic to be revisited at the end of 2022, especially by those who replied. How did you do with your goals?
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Fiddlerman
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December 29, 2021 - 3:12 pm
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@Fiddlerman  I would really love your goal to be achieved! 😃😃😃😃

Personally? I am looking for good viola and cello pieces that stress 3rd position. But not particularly difficult. The point is to get used to 3rd position. I can’t learn difficult timing (too many black notes) and odd keys at the same time as trying to figure out 3rd and be comfortable with it. That is enough of a challenge.

  

I'll keep that in mind. Won't do any cello videos. LOL That I can promise.

I will however do some third position videos. I can't play for at least a week now because I whacked my thumb with a sharp thin axe, but fortunately, I didn't go all the way through. 😁 

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@Fiddlerman -

OMG! 

Let someone else make kindling! 

...or were you throwing axes at the Bar?

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@Fiddlerman Whoa!

Your thumbs thumbs-up

Your thumb under axeblurry_drunk-2127

Your head when thumb under axe dazed

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@fiddlerman said...

"... I can't play for at least a week now because I whacked my thumb with a sharp thin axe, but fortunately, I didn't go all the way through. 😁"

Why do i think a video camera and Michael O' were involved in this somehow. 🤔

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My guess is he was chopping wood for a campfire. Went somewhere on his boat and had an outing of it, I mean, really, even in Florida, I bet they have campfires December.

I am going to start a thread in the Breakroom. how did Fiddlerman cut his thumb?

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Fiddlerman said 
I'll keep that in mind. Won't do any cello videos. LOL That I can promise.

@Fiddlerman Don’t say so. I tried violin once, (never again! 🤣) so you should give cello a try! I would love to see it! 👏

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Fiddlerman
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You guys crack me up. 🤣

Yep, Chopped wood with a toy axe. Maybe more like a hatchet. I need a real axe.
It's so thin on the top that you can't split the wood. Also, it weighs nothing which means you have to wack the wood and you make a bunch of slices int the wood without splitting it.

I just recently had the need/desire to make some small camp fires so I'm not set up properly. Have to hold the wood with one hand and hit it with the other.
Long story short, after successfully splitting a lot of wood, I was doing the same thing I have been doing, whacking the wood hard and then continuing to hit the wood on the concrete with the axe in it until the wood would split. I just didn't move my other hand out off the way in time. I know.... STUPID!!!!

You live and you lean. ROFL. I can get careless when I take things for granted.

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Hey, I guessed right? That is a new one! 

Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to play with sharp objects?

I guess my breakroom thread asking people to guess how you did it, is now done. Hey, they could always make up stories about it, which is basically what guesses are anyway. I will have to exit that post.

Katie M, so sorry I steered you away from your great topic. We can resume back to it now. Anyone else have goals? 

I think we should edit them if they change during the year. We can reference the original with the post number to your original goal mentioned in your updated goal. 

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I've had to think quite hard about this because I set my self lots of other goals but had just really considered keep learning and playing in general.

1) Buy a Holstein Violin (this probably won't happen in 2022, but eventually I hope one day)

2) Learn Vibrato

3) Play more songs that I enjoy and develop a style of playing that reflects my musical interests and who I am as a fiddler.

4) I just got a new bow from Santa but it came bundled with my Violin, so although it was an upgrade on the previous bow I may consider another additional one this year, especially as re-hairing is likely now I play more.

5) Be confident with my fourth finger.

 

I think number 3 is the goal that is most important to me because as a musician, even in fact as just a creative person, having some distinctiveness is quite fun.

 

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Thanks Fashionandfiddle,
When the time comes, I'll help you find a beauty!!!

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Fiddlerman said
You guys crack me up. 🤣

Yep, Chopped wood with a toy axe. Maybe more like a hatchet. I need a real axe.

It's so thin on the top that you can't split the wood. Also, it weighs nothing which means you have to wack the wood and you make a bunch of slices int the wood without splitting it.

I just recently had the need/desire to make some small camp fires so I'm not set up properly. Have to hold the wood with one hand and hit it with the other.

Long story short, after successfully splitting a lot of wood, I was doing the same thing I have been doing, whacking the wood hard and then continuing to hit the wood on the concrete with the axe in it until the wood would split. I just didn't move my other hand out off the way in time. I know.... STUPID!!!!

You live and you lean. ROFL. I can get careless when I take things for granted.

  

I hope the finger is feeling better now. This might make you feel better. I was making chili for a bunch of people over the holiday. I was cutting an onion with an unfamiliar knife. It was really too light for the job. The knife moved while I was cutting the onion and went right into my right forefinger. The knife removed half of my fingernail. Thankfully that saved the rest of my finger tip.

My 2022 goals? To get to 2023.

I'm going to be painfully honest here and say I had not even considered any goals. This thread is causing me to think in this way. I should probably find another teacher very soon. That is one goal. I am trying to get more familiar with playing further up the neck. Looking at bow strokes in relation to the music. Working on my intonation and fingering precision. All of that should take me into at least 2025.

-Tim

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Anyway, my sensible goal now is to be able to play grade 6 music confidently by September, but that doesn't mean much to Americans.

Andrew

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Gordon Shumway said
Anyway, my sensible goal now is to be able to play grade 6 music confidently by September, but that doesn't mean much to Americans.

  

Not true, @Gordon Shumway --We Americans care very much that you play your music confidently laugh

Seriously, you’re right.  There is not an emphasis on a grading standard like ABRSM (there is ABRSM testing here). There's some regional things, & there is quite a bit of talk about the Suzuki books as levels for young students, but I don't think much beyond Book 5.

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SharonC said

Gordon Shumway said

Anyway, my sensible goal now is to be able to play grade 6 music confidently by September, but that doesn't mean much to Americans.

  

Not true, @Gordon Shumway --We Americans care very much that you play your music confidently laugh

Seriously, you’re right.  There is not an emphasis on a grading standard like ABRSM (there is ABRSM testing here). There's some regional things, & there is quite a bit of talk about the Suzuki books as levels for young students, but I don't think much beyond Book 5.

  

The biggest difference between Suzuki and ABRSM is that in an ABRSM book all the pieces are nominally the same standard, whereas a Suzuki book's first piece seems to me to be much easier than its last piece, and so the books overlap in difficulty. There's a thread about techniques on vcom, so perhaps the Suzuki books are ordered by technique. At the end of Suzuki 4 is the Bach double V2, and that will be one of the pieces I'll learn this year. Whereas the V1 part at the end of Suzuki 5 is about grade 7, I have been told, although I'm not sure where the step-up in difficulty lies, unless it's in the different string crossings for the 16th-note arpeggios. (my teacher refers to it as "knitting")

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January 20, 2022 - 2:45 pm
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@Tim, lol, but no, doesn't make me feel better. I wish nothing but the best for all of you. 😁
Glad that your nail saved your finger. It makes you think though doesn't it?????

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My goals are to practice more, sound better - not so scratchy.   Figure out what is wrong with my violin or just get a new one. 

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Hey Danie,
Those are great goals and very much to the point. If I can help you with the latter, just let me know. 😁

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To polish my skills more I guess.

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Gordon Shumway said

At the end of Suzuki 4 is the Bach double V2, and that will be one of the pieces I'll learn this year. Whereas the V1 part at the end of Suzuki 5 is about grade 7, I have been told

No, Suzuki is more wayward than that - the Vivaldi and the Bach at the end of Suzuki 4 are both grade 7. At that rate, I guess people take an average of a year to 18 months over each book? Anyway, I've abandoned the Bach and I'm on a steady course of explicitly grade 6 music at the moment.

And my goal is to begin 12 months of grade 7 study in October starting with Bartok's Bagpipers and Tchaik's Mélodie Op 42, no 3.

Andrew

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This post reminds me of all the goals that I haven't followed up on. ☹️😢

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