we counted this morning all the pieces he has to practice every week and it is 16...HOLY COW!!! But that includes his orchestral pieces and he loves the practice, even now we are up to 2 1/2 hours a day and yet he refuses to take a day off. He has so much more will power and drive than I did at 11 years old.
One of areas in my life as I look back if I could change, I would have concentrated on music a lot more than spots.
Don't forget to stretch and exercie and watch out for tension to avoid injury, the piano player I play with had to have surgery at 16 because of tension she was playing with.
You have my respect.
Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.
It really hit me this morning at just how much he has to practice. It is quite a lot. Here is his list this week. But if he doesn't complain, then I should just sit back and allow him to do as he wants.
1. 3 octave D major scale, arpeggio along with its melodic minor chord
3. Arioso, by Bach
4. First page of Concerto in A minor by Accolay
5. The Boy Paganini by Mollenhauer
6. The first 4 pages of Scene de ballet
7. Berceuse by H.H.A. Beach
8. All 6 pages of Variations in D Minor by De Beriot
9. Concerto No. 2 in G major, 3d movement by Seitz
10. Concerto in A minor, 3d movenment by Vivaldi
11. pages 14, 15, 46 and 47 in Introducing the Positions by Whistler
12. No. 43 in Wohlfarht op. 45 Sixty studies
13. Gigue from Sonata in D Minor, Op. 2, No. 7 from suzuki 5
14. Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin
15. Fantasia Espanola
16. Chosen Kallah Mazel Tov
I would have been overwhelmed with just 3 or 4 of these at his age.
Have you seen this video from Fiddlershop?
I have started to use a great little amp, but it uses an App on a smartphone (which I know you don't like) - let's me try out & learn about tones from many different amps and effects pedals.
Here's the blog I started: Emily's Journey Down The E/V Road! Blog
I've tried it out & posted a few tunes using it in some of the Parties - will be doing more, but my videos are not as impressive as Thomas's!
...watch for the Ice Storm headed your way, we had a lot of sleet with more expected.
@ELCBK thank you for all that info, I truly appreciate it but I got lost and befuddled quite a few times because of all the technical jargon. Not to say it is technical to you, but I have not had a cell phone in about 7 years now and being a chef, the only app I am accustomed to is what you can digest....honestly. and I have no desire to even begin understanding apps either. I literally just asked Thomas and his cousin(the same age as he is)what an app is and both told me it means an application....I would never have guessed it.
I can't think of a phone as a 'phone' anymore - it's a hand-size computer.
Yeah, I'm really struggling because I'm not good with computers, but I'm understanding what's going on better now.
It may be hard for you and I, Jim, but Thomas will want to know about the 'apps' & 'music software' we talk about on this forum, because at some point (probably sooner than later) he'll be interested in recording himself playing his violin to a backing track he creates, or editing his videos so he can play several parts together and add professional effects... maybe even compose his own music with them.
Even if you aren't a Joe Walsh fan, you may enjoy "Analog Man" - especially the lyrics. 🤭