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November 2006

Richard Rood Masterclass

November 30, 2006 21:13

I'm sad I do not have a photo, but I just felt like writing how the masterclass went (although I'm exhausted from today and haven't had dinner yet, and it's 11pm)...

I felt Richard Rood was a very kind, positive man who was very helpful for me and the other violinists who played. He had some great ideas, like moving in such a way where you are engaging the audience and offering them the gift of music. He also talked about thinking of (elliptical) circles while playing with the bow and aiming for the spinning, round, desireable sound, along with some ideas about crossing strings.
I went third and I had been feeling nervous off and on...plus my hands were FREEZING! My accompanist was finishing up with the master class for a cellist, so he had me start playing the Bloch...I may not have played it my best each time (some missed notes here and there), but he seemed mostly pleased with my playing. The first item of business was the vibrato...and when he mentioned that I felt ecstatic inside, since vibrato is really not my strength and I was excited to have someone like him giving me advice on practicing my vibrato! We applied it to the piece and ran over some sections from the first couple pages, and then played with my accompanist. He had some great advice on moods and really making the characters of the piece come out.

He also complimented me on my bow hand's flexibility and flowingness of my bow changes...man, that really made me feel great since it is something I've killed myself over in undergrad...even since 10th grade I've been trying to find ways to improve it, never feeling like it was any good until recently. It's so awesome to finally see some fruit to hard work, isn't it?!

Then I went to the concert, which was amazing. I was in awe. Enough said.

Now it's time for a late dinner, some homework or relaxing, and bed. T'was a long day, but really worth it!

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