October 2004

October 26, 2004 11:27


Be careful for what you wish for...

After looking for over 2 years I finally found what I thought was a great job about 6 months ago that would earn me enough money so I wouldnt have to work 2 jobs and actually have time to practice violin. But the job turned into a nightmare, my boss was extremely verbally abusive and everyday I took my job home with me, hating my job and so disturbed that I could not even enjoy my music. I had to resign and was forced into a situation of working 2 jobs and 90 hr weeks.

So I havent been practicing much, when you get home at midnight and live in an apartment your neighbors dont want to hear bad violin practing. So mostly the practicing I have been doing is in my head: bowing strategies and where to put my fingers, etc

When I do actually have time and not too exausted to play I focus on my weaknesses: vibrato and spiccato. So for spicatto I have been playing parts of the first movement of Mozart 4 and the last movement of the Beethoven concerto. For vibrato I just play alot of scales, I seem to be improving but still a long way to go. I have also been wortking on Bach G min and the Chaconne more than anything else... growth is very slow but I love it so much I can never give up.

Lately, Ive been going out with friends and one place we go to has a blues jam every monday and Im thinking of taking my fiddle, should be fun...

Ive been craving a second violin, been looking at Cooper Violins, they look really gorgeous but I think I will just play alot at the local shop and just buy what sounds right and feels comfortable. (Funny, the violins I like best costs more than my car)

New cds/videos include:
Oliveira CD - Vivaldi's 4 seasons - mediochre
Oliveira CD - Brahms and Saint Saens 3 concertos - great playing but not the best sound
Oliveira CD - Brahms Sonatas - great playing but not the best sound
Znaider CD - Bravo - I liked the Wieniawski Polonaise alot, his tone is good but I think Repin is a much better soloist for my tastes
Milstein DVD - Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky Concertos - totally awesome

So anyways now Im working in phone tech support and this chinese guy calls up and says "talk rouder" and I say "oh you want to buy a router?" and he says "no talk rouder I cant hear you". (my friends have been amused by this for weeks now and continue to repeat the joke over and over)

Archive link


More entries: November 2004July 2004

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

JR Judd Violins
JR Judd Violins

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

2023 Authenticate LA: Los Angeles Violin Shop
2023 Authenticate LA

Violinist.com Shopping Guide
Violinist.com Shopping Guide

Stringtelligence

Metzler Violin Shop

Southwest Strings

Bobelock Cases

Johnson String Instrument/Carriage House Violins

Jargar Strings

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop

FiddlerShop

Fiddlerman.com

Los Angeles Violin Shop

Baerenreiter

String Masters

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine

Subscribe