March 12, 2005 at 2:44 AMWell...I figure if Heifitz didn't do the harmonics perfectly in his recording of Ziguenerweisen, neither can I. On the bright side, my left hand pizz. has really improved! Yay! I might play the Zig in a school assembly before April 8 (the masterclass). No doubt my classmates have never heard anything like that before!
So Calla did her audition on Thursday, and she said it went really well. All we have to do is sit and wait to see if she gets a callback.
So about the Alf violin; it's the PERFECT size, and it's soooo pretty too, and it's very loud, but when you play softly it doesn't sound as pretty as we'd like. Plus it doesn't like my Coda bow. I tried it with my teacher's Tubbs (heheh) bow, and it sounded better, but I don't really like his bow because it's not very firm. We're going to see if someone will adjust the soundpost for us. If we buy it, we'll have to replace the Coda bow we bought about a month ago...sigh.
In more uplifting news, I might be able to go to Kinhaven JR session again this August, playing viola! It would be really fun, I think, to play some chamber music and learn the clef. I'd use my sister's 14 inch if I went. In July I hope to be at Encore (or Perlman's camp...it sounds like absolute HEAVEN but I guess I can't get my hopes up for getting in...) and then if I went to Kinhaven I'd be gone for almost the whole summer. But it would be spent in very good places.
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