At the End of May, I changed my strings from Evah Pirrizi's to Larsen's. They've now had a month on my violin. I did say that I would write about them more often, but I didn't get around to it.
At first I was really impressed with them. They sounded great, really resonant, really fitted well with my violin. Then about a week into having them on, the A string started playing up. I had trouble tuning it, and it had trouble staying in tune. It would be going flat within seconds of having tuned it - I was afraid that it had gone false on me already. I kept it on, hoping that a few more days of playing on it would eventually settle it in. This was the case.
After about two weeks, these strings had fully settled, and are producing a really nice tone on my violin.
Has anyone else had a similar problem with the Larsen A string? Or was this just a singular occurrence?
I have been very blessed over the past couple of days.
A few days ago, I had a look at my finances, trying to see how much I really needed to be earning. Figured that I needed about 9 private half-hour students, with a couple of extra gigs a month.
The very next day, I received a call from a teaching school near by asking if I'd be interested in teaching at their school when their teacher leaves. I said yes, of course. Turns out that I can have two days of teaching there, and possibly a third in a new store they're opening elsewhere. Fantastic!
But then I realised that I couldn't do one of the two days because my uni timetable clashed. No worries, we can rearrange the students if necessary. Not an ideal solution, because some students might not be able to come on a different day.
I e-mailed one of my lecturers, because thankfully one of the two clashing classes is a split class, and I can take that on a different day. The other is an ensemble, which I won't have to do if I take up a different ensemble. He e-mailed back saying that while he couldn't give me a definite answer for two weeks, he thought that those changes could be made. So instead of singing in the chorale, it looks like I'll be put into the opera orchestra (which I wanted to do anyway) and will be able to take over the previous teachers days.
It's amazing how some things seem that they were meant to happen.
From the Efes Pilsen Beer Can Art Contest
Rather similar to the original list, I agree. But many of the things we do in music are the same across the board. One of my lecturers tells the story about how the teacher he learnt the most from wasn't actually a classical cellist, but a jazz trumpeter. There are common threads across all instruments, it's just the technical details that are different.
This same lecturer was talking to me yesterday about the use of channels. Basically, the idea was that our brains have difficulty focussing on more than one thing at once. And we also have difficulty focussing on one thing when we have distractions. His suggestion was to try and practice focussing on only one aspect, and then switch to a different channel. For example, for scales, his channels might be:
And that would be it. He would then go through a scale, and the first run through he would only be focussed on a straight bow. If his intonation was shonky, that wouldn't matter, so long as his bow was straight. Then he would focus on getting his fingers to land in the right spot, and not adjusting if it was out. Then play with a strong tone, Then adjust his fingers if they were out.
The idea behind this is to focus your work on one area, rather than spreading your focus across the many different areas. 5 minutes spent focussing on one area with 100% of your attention is much more likely to be helpful than half an hour with your attention spread between 5 different areas.
Reposted from Top Left Hand Page
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