February 2006

Violin and yeah...violin

February 18, 2006 00:29

Everything was going great last semester when it came to my violin. I was enjoying playing and making vast improvements. My tone was gorgeous, full and huge. My fingers were gliding over the figerboard with great speed and accuracy. Then comes Christmas Break and J-term. They started out fine, I was still practicing everyday but then the week after Christmas I didn't practice and just figured I would take a nice week off. 5 weeks went by and then I realized that I had been practicing very little, less than a hour a day average compared to my usual 3-4 hours a day first semester. I had my first lesson of the semester last week and I recieved wonderful news or at least indications, my teacher basically said that I could pursue a Violin Performance degree in grad school. She is also allowing to me to play much more difficult pieces than I thought I would be playing. However, I just don't feel like playing. I'm unhappy with violin, I mean, I still love violin but I just can't get serious about practice. I have everything going for me violinistically speaking so why am I not happy?

Oh yes, I also got an email back from Dr. Thomson regarding lessons this summer and he said that he had room to take me on as a student. That made be pretty happy but even after news like that, well, you got story above.

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My Reflection on my Stupidity

February 7, 2006 09:43

Hello everyone. You know, I actually kinda miss viola now that I'm not playing it everyday. I still don't want to switch but now that I think about it and reflect, it was quite possibly the best thing I ever did for my violin playing. My fingers are more flexible, they are stronger and my tone was helped greatly by Prof. Martin's bowing stuff we did. It gave me a new way to think of sound production which I transfered to violin. I also play with a lot less tension and I have Professor Martin to thank for that. I know I made a really big fuss about viola but that's because I was majorily stressed out about the whole ordeal but now I'm really glad for the experience, hindsight is always 20/20.

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New Semester, New Classes

February 3, 2006 10:24

Monday
8-9AM-Introduction to Music Ed
9:15-10:15AM-Philosophical Questions
11-11:40AM-Class Piano
12:15-1:15PM-Music Theory
1:30-2:30PMing Methods
2:45-3:45PM-Paideia
4:00-5:30-Symphony

Tuesday and Thursday
8-9:30AM-Spanish 201
1:35-2:15PM-Ear Training
2:30-3:30PM-Collegium Musicum (I'm learning to play the viol, the precurser to the current string family)
4:15-5:45PM-Symphony
TBA-Violin lessons

Wednessday
9:15-10:15AM-Philosophical Questions
11-11:40AM-Class Piano
12:15-1:15PM-Music Theory
1:30-2:30PMing Methods
2:45-3:45PM-Paideia
5:15-6:00PM-Violin Studio Seminar

Friday
9:15-10:15AM-Philosophical Questions
12:15-1:15PM-Music Theory
1:30-2:30PMing Methods
2:45-3:45PM-Paideia
4:15-7:15PM Work in Caf

Yeah, here's my class schedule. Basically everyday is different so that will be interesting. Sorry I haven't updated in a while but I just haven't had much to say.

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