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Kelsey Z.

November 27, 2004 at 12:53 AM

The last few days have been really good and interesting. Wednesday was a bit more then crazy and exhausting. I had an orthodontist appointment first thing, then I didn't get a lunch break from school before heading over for a violin lesson, so my first real break and a chance to eat some real food didn't come until 3pm.

My violin lesson was good. We did some technique and worked on the Barber Concerto, Robinovitch and Bach. I'm performing the Bach and the Kulesha on Dec. 5th. It will be the second public performance for the Kulesha and first for the Bach, which I'm very excited about! I got somewhat mixed reactions last time I played the Kulesha, but generally the response was a positive one and I look forward to sharing with another audience, this wonderful work. Also on the Dec. 5th performance, because it's a music school christmas concert there will be many other people playing. The Suzuki groups are always a lot of fun to watch. I never got to play in one as a kid and I always have thought it looks like a lot of fun, now I get my chance, only, I will be leading the Suzuki group! We had a practice of all the stuff on Wednesday afternoon. It was a lot of fun for me. All those kids who I've watched learn how to play their instruments over the past year or two and now I get to take part in the excitement with them!

Thursday (yesterday) I had a music history lesson. I'm writing another one of those RCM history exams in 2 weeks and it's been a really quick study to learn the stuff. It's still not all memorised by a long shot, but all my notes are made for the most part and I have 2 weeks to learn enough of the stuff to get a pass on my exam. I think it's do-able, but it is going to be a lot of work.

Today has been fairly fruit-full. I've gotten a fair amount of studying done aside from school stuff and then practiced nearly 2 hours so far. I've been doing technique and Barber mostly. I was working on the second page of the Paganini Caprice No.9 for that ever so charming ricochet bowing. I can finally do it properly! It was the first time in a long time where I had to show my Mom what I could do. I was very proud of myself! It's nice to finally have days, weeks and months of practice start to come together more. :)

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