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Mendy Smith

Goodbye Blue Gumby

February 25, 2008 at 3:48 AM

I made it back home from China and Hong Kong safe and sound. Looking forward to getting back to "normal": orchestra practice, ensemble practice, and lessons (oh, and work). It is good to be home.

This week, the little blue rubber band (Blue Gumby) that my teacher put on my bow will retire to the pocket in my case. It has served me well in re-teaching me how to hold the bow.


You can see where my pinky used to be where the varnish has worn off to the left of Blue Gumby. I have since learned to a) hold my bow correctly and b) keep my pink fingernail trimmed. :0

Next Tuesday, my trio group is playing in an art gallery grand opening. We are so excited. We will be playing some Beethoven and Dvorak Trios. We've been playing together for a year and preparing for an "Event" such as this for quite some time.

From Kim Vawter
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 3:50 AM
Is that what you call it?!? Great invention. Still use mine.
It should come packaged with the rosin, a cleaner rag and a finger chart for a "welcome" gift to all beginners!
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 4:06 AM
Welcome back. I hope you have more fun gigs.
From Mendy Smith
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 4:25 AM
Pic of Blue Gumby finally uploaded.
From Kim Vawter
Posted on February 26, 2008 at 6:15 PM
Ohhhh--So that is it. i thought that it was the gizmo that you place on your bow so that you will remember to use the upper part of the bow.

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