December 2008

My 10-second update

December 9, 2008 23:43

1) I went to Taiwan with my family in October, for the first time in 11 years.  Here is a picture of me playing my cousin's erhu:

I managed "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", though it was a weird feeling to press the strings without the support of a fingerboard and to manipulate the bow hair so directly.  I have even more appreciation now for those people who manage stuff like Zigeunerweisen or the Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso on this instrument!

2) My violin teacher has me working on Piazzolla tangos for a music festival in Feburary.  They are SO much fun, and it's neat to see a playful side to him as we work on the musical aspects of the pieces.

3) I got laid off in November and thus have a lot more leisure time, though somehow it hasn't translated into increased violin practicing...

4) Joshua Bell's birthday is today.  If you'd like, you can post a birthday message here.

That's all for now, folks!

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