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Joshua Iyer

October Practice

October 2, 2012 at 1:57 AM

It's been a while since I've actually talked about what I've been doing each day when I take my violin out of its case, and because it's October 1st, I figured I'd give you all a quick update.

In Symphonic Strings, the name of the orchestra I am in, we are playing three pieces. One "Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space," is an easy piece we are playing with middle schoolers at some point in time this year, I don't know exactly when. It's a pretty cool piece, complete with various effects you can do on the violin such as glissandos and a percussion effect in which you bounce the bow between the bridge and tuner pegs of the violin. It's actually pretty cool! Our other two pieces, Mendelssohn's "Sinfonia X in B Minor" and "Orion and the Scorpion", recently published in 2012, in fact, are also pretty awesome pieces. Our concert is in mid-October, so it's coming up quickly!

I did mention the Christmas medley in one of September's posts. It's written for two pianos (well, technically, four hands), one (solo) violin, and jingle bells. I've been playing through it a little. I'm hoping to play it at the Christmas piano recital, although I don't know if I'm playing violin (I may have a friend play) or 1st (most likely) piano. But still, I've been steadily practicing this piece whenever I have time.

Finally, I have whatever I'm doing in my violin lesson (right now, I just finished up a violin solo), and our technique etudes. But in a nutshell, that's what's been my agenda last month!

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