May 2005

May 17, 2005 12:48

At my quartet get-together, the other violinist & I tried switching instruments for the heck of it. That lasted all of one note… or not even because when she tried to play a note on the ging… she couldn’t get it to sound…. at all. “Uhhh yeah” I said sheepishly as we switched back “… I guess I need to change my strings”

It’s nice when you can blame at least some of your crappy playing on your crappy equipment/set-up…. but when the crapiness is to the point that you’re adjusting your technique to compensate…and developing physical problems as a result (exhibit A: my twingy wrist)….. well, that’s just dumb.

I had my orchestra concert last weekend. For whatever reason, I failed to work myself into anything resembling a frenzy this time around, which was nice, but I also failed to practice in the days leading up to the concert, not so nice, but not the end of the world.

Orchestra-wise I just have a choral gig left, and so long as I continue to drill the few tricky spots, it should be fine and I’m looking forward to it, but now I can turn my attention to chamber-music and an attention-to-basics approach in my practice sessions.

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