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A short clip I recorded on a lazy Christmas morning and put on Instagram: the Sussex Carol, in the deeper part of the viola range, with some improvised double-stops. Oh, yes, this features my new strings! Last week I replaced my Dominant C-G-D strings with Vision strings, and the sound and tuning are almost stable now.
And a virtual string septet that I put together earlier this month and posted to YouTube on Christmas morning. This is an international group covering a wide range of playing levels from early-intermediate learners to high-level amateurs and experience ranging from 1 to 18 years; what we all have in common is that we all started later than most string players. We recorded a choral Christmas favorite, Franz Biebl's Ave Maria, in my arrangement for three violins, three violas, and a cello.
(I didn't open this up because I felt pretty strongly about wanting a chamber music feel with only one player to a part -- but I definitely want do some bigger group projects in the future!)
And now, just a little string trick for New Year's Eve: Auld Lang Syne played entirely on natural harmonics. (Yes, it's possible, and without leaving 1st position!)
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