April 11, 2009 at 12:36 PM
I'm in the middle of a post-recital let-down. I feel scattered: I have two viola pieces that I was learning that I didn't finish: the Schumann Adagio and Allegro and the First Movement of the A. Stamitz concerto. I've made significant progress on both, they're both challenging but do-able, and I didn't really want to let them go, it just kind of happened. Orchestra, recital, day job, computer-related tendonitis-like symptoms . . . all got in the way.
Computer-related tendonitis-like symptoms. Yeh. Last weekend, as the recital approached, I started to feel pain in both my wrists. I was going to play my recital piece at our church talent show the night before, it might have helped me be less nervous. But I bailed on that because my hands were hurting. I didn't believe it was from practicing too much--I hadn't BEEN practicing too much. Instead the pain had the symmetry of how I hold my hands on the computer. I'd been sitting on a fitness ball while I typed because that felt good for my back. But then the fitness ball was too low, causing me to hold my wrists at a funny angle. Back to my old chair. In search of a new, bigger fitness ball. It's getting better again, but is still not back to normal.
In the interim, since I started learning the Schumann and the Stamitz, two interesting things happened. One, I started playing violin in a string quartet. And two, after my current stint in the viola section, I decided I wanted to go back to the first violins for the next orchestra concert. The violin I bug has bitten me after all. And so I'm shopping for a new violin next week while my load at work is lighter.
My teacher told me a couple of lessons ago that I'm making amazing progress for someone who only takes a lesson every 2-3 weeks. I take heart from that. I've learned to be more focused and organized this time around. But right now I'm really in the middle of a tough patch and I am not sure where to go next: just focus on the new violin for a while? Finish those old viola pieces? Set some new goals, like a Farmers' Market Date or a church performance (and then what to play for those??)
I'm detecting a theme here...reading Emily's blog, then this one....plus what's been going on it my brain as well. A bit of a common thread that has as it's core the 'to what end?" question.
We should form a club. :)
I'm in the middle of a post-recital let-down.
Lots of work doing a recital. How did it go, anyway?
Take some time to unwind...You are entitled!!!
I hope things get back to normal soon. Please go to a physical therapist and get some exercises to strengthen your arms and wrists. Violinists/violists who also type on keyboard are tendinitis cases waiting to happen. I should know. I have struggeled with chronic elbow tendinitis in both elbows for twelve years.
Dottie, I'd be honored to be in a club with you!
Sam, the recital went pretty well:
Tom, a friend from church suggested a particular type of ergonomic keyboard (for the computer) that I might try out.
I took out the Schumann last night and it didn't go as well as I hoped. It will take some time to get it into performance shape. But my friend in church is willing to let me play it there in a month (or two--depending on how long it takes). I think that the following plan IS doable:
1. violin: concentrate on orchestral and quartet music only. Those will only take 1/3 to 1/2 of lesson and practice time if I really stick to that. Orchestra will be over in the summer anyway, so I'll have the whole summer to work on the viola solos.
2. viola: finish the Schumann and Stamitz. Play at least the Schumann in church. I think the Stamitz might actually sound nice in church too with a piano reduction, but I'm considering making some cuts for performance--mostly in the accompaniment. It starts out with 55 measures rest in the solo part.
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