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Joshua Iyer

Pizz. Vibrato

November 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Everyone knows about vibrato - the act of vibrating your hand to give a note a certain tone quality. I'm still developing mine, and it's coming along when bowing long notes. (But right now, the pieces we are currently working on are short and quick, so they aren't good songs to practice vibrato on.) My orchestra teacher always kept telling us to add a little vibrato to the notes when we're plucking the strings, and I'm not quite sure I fully got the gist on what he said until I came home today after school and practiced. I tried out the vibrato, and it worked! It sounded to me like the old SNES games' music for some reason. I think I got goose bumps, and I felt pride and success. My "newfound skill" will certainly make the polka we are playing a lot more fun, and I'm excited to play it! Sorry; just wanted to share this. Time to continue practicing!

While I'm here, I might as well do a quick update on my practice repertoire. My school is part of the District 204 Solo and Ensemble Festival. It's held in March, and basically any instrumentalist/vocalist can go by themselves with a piano accompanist or with a group and play/sing a song. Last year I did the first movement of Vivaldi's Concerto in A Minor. This year, I'm playing Vivaldi's Concerto in G Minor, and it's very different. Just thought I'd mention it. I think I'm also doing a piece for solo piano, too, so I'll have plenty of practicing to do, especially after New Years!

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