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Kelsey Z.

May 6, 2007 at 8:51 PM

Finally my hand is gradually getting better! I can play a bit (10 minutes at once, sometimes more if I'm really careful) without making my hand flare up. Physio is helping a lot. I've gotten over my fear, sort of, of needles too, as I'm having acupuncture to aid in the healing process when I go for physio. I can do an hour of playing in a day now if carefully spaced out. I'm sort of tormenting myself too when I practice. I've picked a Dont study to work on that's supposed to be very fast. It has lots of string crossings and shifts in it. I've got the metronome set to around 50 and play one note for each tick, making sure (or trying to at least!) that my hands are both very relaxed in order to not upset the healing process. In addition I'm focusing on the clarity of sound, where my bow is (straight! hopefully!) and the smoothness of my shifts and exactness of my intonation. I'm hoping this whole injury thing will help to have instilled more patience when it comes to my practicing as well as efficiency. I know it's helped my mental practicing and seems to have helped my vibrato.

Yesterday was a shopping day for me. I rarely go out and go shopping but there were a few essential items I needed. I managed to find one of the three things I really needed, and from that perspective it was a successful day spent in town. I hadn't really gone shopping for shoes but I had a bit of extra time to, so I popped into a shoe store looking for something spring-like that would go well with my skirts without being sandles. I wanted something with a covered toe that was like a slipper/shoe type of deal. I ended up at Winner's and found these adorable (sorry guys for being girly here but you're going to have to deal with it) shoes that are VERY sparkly and have a very nicely added touch of a bow. They were perfect! And! They were my size - 11!

Ok, that's the end of my little rant for today!

From Yixi Zhang
Posted on May 6, 2007 at 9:41 PM
You’ll need a lot of rain gear for Vancouver fall and winters, my dear:) I remember when I was at UBC, everyone worn Gortex and the Mountain Co-op was always the busiest store in town.
From Kelsey Z.
Posted on May 6, 2007 at 10:37 PM
I know! But I can still wear the shiny shoes for a lot of the summer and have them stashed in my locker so I don't have to wear boots around the music building all day!
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on May 7, 2007 at 2:22 AM
I'm glad your hand is starting to heal. I think you're using your temporary disability very wisely -- to focus on smoothness and clarity while playing slowly. You've turned lemons into lemonade.

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