May 2010

The essentials

May 14, 2010 17:47


So I bought an Electric Keyboard for around $50. I have to say this has been one of my best purchases ever...

This is the first time I have ever practiced playing with a keyboard. It has become apart of my Daily Violin practice now. Before I even touch the violin, I warm up my pitch by playing a few intervals, and I hum along with them ... Then afterwards, I go and imagine (and hum) the next interval I am going to play and then hit the note to see if I was accurate.

Now I have come to pass one of my biggest regrets - not getting this thing earlier! It has made such a big difference, I'm starting to wish out of the options I had in high school I picked the Keyboard instead of the Guitar!

Now that I have something to match my intonation with, I can hear it perfectly (And my intonation on the new violin is back in shape :)). I am starting to realise that all the notes sound the same no matter what octave they are. I even find I am starting to put a name to a few notes I hear. Of course now its a matter of training my fingers ... 2nd position is a bit off on the G-D strings

Though, now I am finding it hard to draw a good tone out of the new instrument ... now to mess with sounding nice! That is the life long struggle.

If you don't have an electric keyboard


Or atleast try it out :)

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