August 5, 2012 at 6:03 AMWhhhhhhhh...
(That's the sound of me blowing the dust off my blog.)
Don't worry, you haven't missed much, my friends. Since last posting here in May, I held our annual Steele String Studio recital, in which no one was killed, no one suddenly became Paganini reincarnated, but everyone played quite impressively. After that came summer camp and trail running, in which no one was eaten by a bear, everyone ate lots of cookies, and only one person died during Mount Marathon, my favorite Fourth of July mountain race. (Actually, his unfortunate demise haunts me to this day.)
...Hm, what else? It rained a lot. Going against the grain of the lower 48, we scored our coldest July on record and didn't really bother breaking out the shorts for the most part. I knitted some mittens and hats, and I also created some pretty nifty legwarmers, which I think I must show you in a photo attached to the end of this blog.
And so goes the end of summer, in a splash of rain and otherwise uneventful happenings--except for one thing, which merits the proverbial dust-blowing and re-emergence of violinist Emily Grossman (who actually hasn't practiced the violin since May). What news? you ask.
I just finished rehearsing the 1812 Overture and the New World Symphony with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra.
--Sitting next to fellow v.com member Michael Avagliano.
"I didn't know you play viola!" They all exclaim.
"Ha, well I do now."
It's a blast.
MORE VIOLA DETAILS REQUIRED, STAT. How'd the clef-learning go? What size are you playing? Did you buy your own? Any pain / tension / discomfort? What's it like playing viola in orchestra as opposed to violin? What inspired you to add the viola on (or - gasp - switch entirely)? There must be something in the v.com water because I'm taking an orchestra audition on Tuesday...on viola, and only viola. (Although to be fair, I also just joined another orchestra on violin, so it's not like I gave up on the fiddle entirely.) Anyway...yeah! More details! Don't leave us hanging like that.
Laurie, I made that pattern up. I'll try to write it out and post it at ravelry.com, and when I do, I'll let you know! (...although, who needs leg warmers like that in CA? :) )
My only problem now is, I can't really spit out their letter names, unless I think of what the pitch sounds like. I just know where it is on the fingerboard, and I hear them in my head by thinking about the context and the interval relationships. It's really helped my understanding of chord structures and theory. Of course, once you know the music, none of that stuff on the page really matters anyway.
Back in the day, many didn't specialize in violin or viola; they played 'upper strings.'
Welcome to that rather besieged society!
What is in the pre-race video that non-participants would pay so much for a slot to watch? (Looked at Wikipedia)
Very cool pattern for your leggings, kind of a Bohemian look I suppose? Including a picture of one's legs in one's blog ... a v.com first??
I believe every violinist should learn viola at some point.
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