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Winter in Australia.. cold season and some other unrelated stuff

July 30, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Hey all, first try at this - kinda exciting really. I always wonder whats soo good about this blogging... the idea of writing your thoughts down only to cringe at them a day later and wonder what the hell you were even thinking isn't really appealing.

Well down in Australia with Winter season (Second month) here - keeping true to your plans just isn't as easy as when you did plan them out haah!

I'm struggling to find myself practising my usual hours, I end up resting and trying to recover more than I do practise..I think my violin is my new spooning partner, well its not just my practising thats suffering - I've become really..really.....REALLY lazy, and been enjoying my sleep ins too much (Well sleeping in to 9 feels late for me as I'm used to waking up roughly 6:30-7am on most days even if I don't have to)

But, woes of a students life... haha I don't even goto school. Taking a break from it all (Well its more deeper than that but the internet doesn't need to know!) that and trying to atleast find a good job - which hopefully will be settled tommorow. Atleast if I do get that job I can finally be comfortable, maybe I'll end up practising more to because I'll feel that my time is more precious.

My violin journey has been a short one anyway, I spent alot pretty close to a year and a half wondering what it was like to play violin in my final years of high school - of course I was practising guitar then, I kind of had no other choice (I was studying Music) and there was that 10% compulsory peformance (Which I screwed up). Anyways sometime during late november a friend mentions to me "Hey did you know ALDI sells violins now?" - it couldn't get any more convenient than that. (If any of you know ALDI = cheap cheap prices) So after a day of my 18th birthday (December 15th) I decided to buy an ALDI violin ($130 now its $99 - I can't complain) and.... I've never know what it was really to feel about being passionate about something. Though it sounds hideous, I love it like only a mother could a child.

However I think I spent too much time with it, for the first two months I practised almost 8 hours a day - I went insane with it, practising from the Suzuki Books and random pieces that I always wanted to try play (And sucked at very well btw).. Though atleast I had my previous musical experience from high school THAT really helped benefit me.

After 7 months of teaching myself (Well if your up for arguing that if you watch youtube videos then your aren't self-taught.. But I wanna feel special) I was up to Suzuki book 3, though after peforming a few of those pieces to my teacher, she found an error in them - now I must suffer and correct everything (Though I am very greatful for this! I couldn't do staccato in a slur before but now I can)

Actually this is all pretty recent, I've only been taught by her for.. I think my third lesson was last tuesday. But according to her I have talent, which has really boosted my spirits and hopes up. I don't want to be too deluded though.

At the moment she has me practising some Etude (Allegro Moderato) which is perfect for applying other bowing techniques apparently, and also perfecting the position shifting. I hope this goes well, I just wish my body was up for it though - I hate this new laziness. Though I'm going to try force myself to wake up early tommorow..... pfft I better.

Oh god.... I am gonna regret this HAHAHAHA, but its nice to share thoughts. Hmm so this is what its like to be a girl who keeps her sacred diary..or dairy (whatever), but again this is not soo sacred... I Wonder if you can find this through google search???

IF any of you are insane enough to read this far then... Love ya :D

Anywho - is anyone else sharing the same pains and experiences? What do you find life like being a late starter.

Of course in a years time I see myself being Concert Master, but you can only dream hahaha.

Oh I didn't realise there were formatting tags, I'll use that next time and I can be pretty and attractive to everyone!!!

From Terez Mertes
Posted on July 30, 2008 at 2:59 PM
Welcome to the world of blogging! Yup, we read this stuff.

Congrats on getting a teacher - self-teaching has its merits, but bouncing one's efforts off a teacher is invaluable. Sounds like you're certainly putting in the time - wow!

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on July 31, 2008 at 6:21 AM
Welcome to I encourage you to share your thoughts and feelings with us.
From Patty Rutins
Posted on July 31, 2008 at 12:58 PM
... yes, you can find this through Google. I was discovered here by a local friend, soon after I'd posted something that I didn't really want local friends nosing through (luckily, I didn't mention any names)!

Have fun blogging here. :)

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