May 23, 2010 at 7:29 AM
Second lesson. Trying the violin case down on the motorcycle works better than letting it fly, the trick is to not tie it too tight, but then we bikers know a ton - or else! - about securing cargo.
Sigh. I'd not really practiced, because we've got county inspectors on us for all the high grass and weeds, so I asked for, and got, money to buy my own weed wacker, and this one does the job. It sounds, and smells, like one of my mopeds from long ago lol. The thing is, while it takes some strength to use, mostly it takes unusual muscles so I get fatigued pretty quick, Imagine putting in 4 hours a day sawing, raking, throwing branches, etc nonstop, and being exhausted at the end of the day, for a few days. Result: I didn't practice and my small muscle control isn't too great.
So, I showed up at the lesson, my teacher emailed me and moved the time up a couple of hours so it was "ride it like I stole it" time, but I got there well ahead of time, and had time to get a tuner. I had a tuner, which it looked like I was going to have a hate-hate relationship with lol. I returned that and got half credit for it, and got a good old Korg. With a metronome built in, teachers like metronomes. But I'd already tried to tune the violin with the first tuner, and I'm not sure I had it right. My teacher tuned it right up of course. To me, the violin's tuning sounds funny. I'm sure I"ll get good at it over time.
So, we played some stuff,, I'd gotten the Mel Bay book he wanted me to get, and the usual, notes, measures, counting. And my old habit of playing by ear and not looking at the notes bit me again - not everyone writes down the same version of a song. The main thing is, I need lots of repetition of very basic stuff, same as with most things worth doing well.
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