I haven't posted in a long time (about three years to be exact). It's interesting to revive a dead profile such as this and re-discover who you were in days past, by reading all the things that have been left dormant on this site. In a way it's like a time capsule, only digital.
In any case these three years have been great leaps in my progress as a violinist, and I am very proud to say that I am still playing, despite the difficulties of a dual student/violinist life. Since this is the start of a new break in school, it's the perfect opportunity to revive a blog such as this.
Violinistically speaking, I have alot of work to do this break. Since I have started studying at the university level with a new teacher, I have been practicing not only new repretoire and orchestral music, but trying to implament a new approach to my technique. It's one thing to attempt to practice a piece into your muscle memory, but its a completely different experience to re-program your muscles along new lines, especially if you have been doing something a certain way for a long time.
I must admit that as far as playing is concerned, i feel as if it would be more beneficial to drop everything and focus on technique only, rather than having an orchestral commitment as well. Since it is so fast paced and demanding, it requires you to just play, which leads to compromising tecnhical details and having a helter-sckelter technical base which is extremely frustrating. I know what to do, I just don't have enough opportunities to practice so that I really do it right.
On the bright side though, orchestra is a great way to meet people, especially in a university that is like a mini-city. It's easy to feel like you are a grain of sand in the Pacific Ocean when you are there, especially your first time.
In any case, Christmas is just around the corner, and I've got a long break to look forward to, which is just great! I plan to sleep in, and make Swedish Meatballs! :)
I also plan to be back soon. ;)
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