May Play - Accompanying for Recitals and Recording for YouTube

May 25, 2022, 7:24 AM · Here's another short update post on some of the things I've been doing surrounding the violin lately! First, during the weekend before last, I accompanied two of my violin students for short recitals! They both played from Suzuki Book 2, and it was easy to work on the piano part myself while helping them out in our lessons on those pieces. While I've accompanied before (on my own composition, in fact!), this was the first time I accompanied for student violinists; I could take from what I learned in my earlier experience and apply it here. The main thing I tried to focus on was being quiet enough so the focus could be put on the student playing, and I believe overall, both performances were successful. I am looking forward to our next recital in December, where I'll have had a full semester to work with these students on their pieces and we can spend extra time on details.

And then, of course, playing the violin! I have still been hard at work on my YouTube channel, recording various arrangements of video game tracks. Last night, I had a quite long session recording for a collaboration on a friend's channel for a track from the 1995 game Earthbound on the SNES. I really worked hard to make sure the pizzicato parts lined up perfectly for a couple moments in the recording, as I wanted everything to be perfect for this collaboration! My next quite ambitious recording for the end of the week is a 7-minute medley from Super Paper Mario on the Wii, which is slightly modeled on Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and includes two character themes as they are transformed throughout the actual game's score in several tracks. That's it for now in terms of big covers, but I am also working on a composition for a late-June album collaboration I'll share more about later. Planning to have lots of strings recording for that, so it'll be quite ambitious too when I record it in a couple weeks or so! I have quite the process recording everything in Logic, and then filming myself over that. If it's a larger piece, I'd film and record myself simultaneously. Because it's a recording, I can chop up sections I like and re-record as needed. I then edit my videos in Final Cut Pro. Maybe next month I'll do a post about my recording setup. I've been focusing on a lot of VGM (game music) recently, but I'd love to record more original music and pieces from my favorite classical composers sometime, like Ravel's Violin or Piano Sonatas. They'll have to wait for now as I finish up these other projects!

That's about all I have for this month's update. I'm really hoping to finish my updates to my main website soon, and can share links to all of these different projects and videos next month if you are interested!


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