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August 1, 2005 at 4:48 PM

Music camp has come & gone. I had a blast, playing almost 6 hours per day on most days- including 3 hours of coached groups. I successfully wormed my way out of playing in orchestra for the week, just had to do the dress & concert for the orchestra accompanying the choir. One of my coached groups turned out to be a concerto-grosso type group, which was fun, and aside from that everything else was chamber music. After the camp I extended my vacation to go with a friend to catch 3 days of a great chamber music festival. The least enjoyable concert was the most expensive one, otherwise it was an amazing 3 days.
That vacation was hardly restful, so as result I survived all of 8 hours back at work & had to take a sick-day the next day. It’s all good, though ‘cause now I only have to get through this week & I’m on vacation again… and this one will definitely include some rest & relaxation.
As well as getting some much-needed recovery-time this weekend I had a really great practice session: paid extra-close attention to detail during scales, arpeggios & double-stops, finally incorporated some etude work, and subjected myself to the metronome for my sight-reading practice, which makes me less likely to stop & go back when I mess up….i.e. nullifying the whole point of the exercise. Now if I could see to it that my practice sessions are like that on a regular basis, I’ll be on to something good.

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