March 2007

An Update for You!

March 22, 2007 11:33

Hello everyone! Well, I now know what was causing the pain. I have what basically comes down to tendonitis. I'm still playing and treating it with great care. With any luck the pain will be gone in 3 months, if it's not then it's more serious than we thought. I've been having some treatments with a physical therapist and they gave me some exercises to do.

Well, as far as violin goes, on May 11th I'm planning on auditioning for concertmaster. I have to play excperts from Tchaik's 5th Symphony, sight-read and play 2 prepared pieces. I have a lot of work to do. This audition will also determine whether or not I can have my Jr. Recital. I'm pretty sure they will let me, I really want this. So I have to practice a lot, even with this tendonitis, but as long as I take care of it I should be fine. I'm thinking of playing Kodaly's Adagio for Violin and Piano, and some solo Bach or perhaps Bruch g-minor Concerto 1st mvt. Time and talking with Virginia will determine what I play. I would like to play memorized for the solo stuff, it would look better and I haven't performed from memory for a while. I tend to play better from memory anyway.

I don't know if I ever mentioned this but I purchased a new bow that is a perfect match for my violin. It sounds so good and it's sounds stupendous in the recital hall. I love it. The only bad thing is that it's not quite as lively as my old bow but that's ok, it's heavier and stiffer. I really like it though, the extra weight of the bow keeps me from overplaying. I still miss Vienna a little. In February Julia Fischer was going to be playing the Bruch g-minor Concerto, so I would have LOVED to hear that but we left on January 28, so I missed that concert by 2 weeks or so.

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March 5, 2007 11:58

Well, I haven't updated this for a while. For a while now I have had a little pain in my wrists. I discussed with my teacher last semester and she gave me some exercises to do before I practice. Well, for a while it was better but now, there is pain my hand. The pain is pretty much always there. It really starts to hurt after I've been playing violin for a while. The last few days my hand has actually started to spasm when it's at rest. I can just be sitting and all of sudden it starts to move a little. The bulk of the pain is mostly on the middle of back of my hand and will spread to my figers the more I practice/play. Sometimes it feels like an achey pain and sometimes it's more like a burning pain. It's not paralyzing and I can still play violin...I just have to be carefull and resist using vibrato. Just so you know, problems with my wrist/hand are not new, they're just more severe and more worthy of attention now.

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