what did you learn today, part III
I could swear there was a "what did you learn part II" thread, but I can't find it.
Anyway, here's what I learned today: lately I've been listening to some non-classical music I used to like a lot. One song in particular stuck in my head, and while warming up before practice, I found myself trying to play (by ear) the opening phrase on the viola. Surprise, surprise - the notes were easy enough to get, but it sounded nothing like singing! It was so unmusical. The phrasing was all wrong. I couldn't figure out the right bow speed or how much to use, and vibrato - forget it.
Wow, what an eye-opener. I know that a stringed instrument isn't mechanically like a human voice, but there is definitely a singing quality to viola, and I am missing the boat. What can I do?
It was deleted, but not by me.
Why would they delete a whole thread?
I have no clue, and a thread I created (bowing: weight vs. pressure) was deleted also. Why?
Send an e-mail to Laurie. I don't remember anything unpleasant appearing in those threads.
I tried "what did you learn today" in th v.com searchbox and the threads 1 & 2 are accessible, but archived. I notice that the "previous discussions" link has disappeared in the new layout. Perhaps there is a new limit on the number of current threads.
Paul, I am absolute positive that the answer is in my right hand. And the brain. Somewhere :-)
Karen, a fellow violist! <3
I learned today that having clean strings is important because rosin buildup makes the strings more susceptable to making weird noises. When I was practicing today, I was constantly making awful noises due to bad bowing but my sound was much cleaner after thoroughly cleaning the rosin off the strings.
I have learned how to strengthen my left pinky so that I can do a proper vibrato with it one day.