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Ben Clapton

July 27, 2005 at 3:23 PM

What a day.

I had my lesson today, later in the week as my teacher had opera rehearsals so he had to reschedule. I had a pretty good lesson - he was really pleased with how my Bach was coming along. But he realised this - I apprently have a lot of tension in my hips. I've never noticed this before, but it could explain a bit - for example why I sometimes get lower back pain. My dad has a history of back pain, so perhaps I might see if I can go see a chiro or a physio.

It was my girlfriend's birthday today (Happy Birthday Isha!) so I made sure I spent some time with her. We spent some of the afternoon together when we both had a break for a couple of hours, and I also went back to her place to have dinner and cake with her family.

In my History tutorial today, I discovered a new favourite composer - Mahler. We heard a bit of his second symphony. Man is it amazing. We only heard bits of it (considering that it is a 1.5 hour composition, and we have a 1 hour tutorial, we only could hear a bit) but those bits were just incredible. I'm going to make a point to try and find time to listen to all of the symphonies. Did Mahler write anything for violin? Must investigate.

After my tutorial, and before isha had finished her rehearsal, I did some practice on my bach. I played a bit of the Largo, but focussed on the Allegro. I was really happy with how I was playing it, so I played it all the way through, with repeats, at about probably 80% concert tempo. Man it tired me out. I started sweating - which I've never really done while playing.

Well I should get to bed. Although I'd like to be able to sleep in tomorrow, I should get up and do some practice.

From Gabriel Wong
Posted on July 30, 2005 at 9:40 AM
Just found this Blog. Keep it up!

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