Well, since my earlier, embarrassing, recorded fumble with a scale on my tuned-down C string (without a shoulder rest) - I re-tuned standard. Then, I wasn't happy with not being able to play any worthwhile vibrato on the C string for my Wexford Carol GP submission... but this helped start in motion something very important.
I've posted quite a bit about it in Katie M's Left Thumb Thread.
Many have helped me rethink my problems with my left thumb slipping, but I also needed to be able to reach, more comfortably, across to my 5-string Viola fingerboard and clear my E string in the process.
So... started more experimenting! 🤗
As mentioned in the other thread, I put my low shoulder rest back on, but then removed my chin rest!
Haven't had a lot of time to practice, with all the Holiday bustle - but even with a little time each day, it feels more natural! I have more freedom to move my Viola, but in a much more controlled fashion - I started trying better vibrato & I'm slowly getting more brave with intonation, using new hand form.
Still, I haven't been able to completely clear the E string with my left hand, while playing on the C string - but hoping it may yet be possible, without damaging my already decrepit body!
Just thought I'd see how it goes & continue my 'experimenting' over here, in this thread.
Think I go a little overboard experimenting?
🤔... three Granddaughters with very long hair - nope, can't imagine. (lol)
← painting by Bulgan Lumini
I moved this post to start a blog.
A few years ago I bought a bass kit. It cost less than $200 and I gave the bass to a charity shop when my arthritis made it too painful to play, but I kept the amp. I ran my EV through it just to check it works and haven't played it since. I wonder about getting a more reliable guitar amp in case I need it. In theory my amp is 15W, but since it's so cheap, it's probably a lot less than that, and a Marshall 10W practice amp is probably a lot louder.
We had a thread about amps, I think. There's a Yamaha amp that looks good. Some swear by cubes and microcubes, but others think they sound terrible.
Our badges have disappeared. Oh well, I didn't have a lot to lose.