Had a job interview yesterday, looks like I will be working alot soon, its hard to practice when you work 2 jobs so thets when I usually do alot more mental practice.
Tonight I will be trying to learn the first part of the Sarasate Tarantealla, should be fun. Listening to spohr 8 again, divine. I cant wait to hear Hilary Hahn play it.
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So anyways I was driving to the local violin shop to get some new strings and I passed The newport, the local campus music hall and saw on the marquee that steve morse and the dixie dregs are playing here in a week. Im not sure but I think Jerry Goodman will be playing with them but Im not sure. I think the last tour they did they had 2 violinists.
Some of you know I played guitar fopr 20 years before I started on the violin and Ive always loved fusion music. Fusion is a mixture of rock and jazz: blaring guitar, synthesizer and jazz at a loud volume. One of my favorite fusion bands of all time was The Mahavishnu Orchestra. When they first formed, John McLaughlin was just out of bands with Miles Davis and the amazing dummer Tony Williams. Mahavishnu was unique - John's guitar, the great keyboard playing of Jan Hammer on a moog synthesizer, and of course Jerry Goodman on violin and I totally I loved the sound and even payed alot of money to get some rare videos of them. Alot of people dont know it but Jean Luc Ponty was supposed to be the original violinist of Mahavishnu but he was unable to get a visa because he was french so Jerry Goodman was recruited.
I'm not sure if Jerry is still playing with the Dregs, he did some records with them but has been playing with the phenominal Gary Husband. Gary is an amazing drummer who I saw in 1992 with Alan Holdsworth, he now plays piano and has his own band that Jerry plays with some time. I might add Allan Holdsworth is the most inventive soloist alive, he invented his own sound and the things he does with scales and melodies are totally rediculous.
When I started playing guitar 20 years ago, my teacher introduced me to Paganini and Michael Rabin and that made me want to play violin. But I was in school and had no time to learn violin and no money to buy one so I kind of got stuck with the guitar, but for 20 years I was so infulenced by violin music and played some bach on guitar. When I finally did finish college, it was Jerry Goodman that really made me get a violin and I started lessons. Lately I have even been trying to play a Mahavishnu tune "A Lotus on Irish Springs". Anyways, it will be great to see Jerry play live.
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Murray Perahia - Schubert late sonatas - very interesting music, I like Mr Perahia's sound but somehow there is something missing from his playing...
Lang Lang at Carnagie Hall - I dont really like him much but this is the first time I heard the wanderer fantasy, divine, Mr Schubert was a real genius without any doubt whatsoever!
Midori - Bruch and Mendelssohn Concertos I love her sound and her vibrato is so expressive but I cant stand her Rubatos. I suppose I like her the way I like Kreisler, she sound is so beautiful I dont mind but rubatos drive me crazy! The playing here is indeed expressive and intensely eloquent!
Sarah Chang - Fire and Ice - I really like her sound but not the playing, there is something missing for me and im not really sure how to explain what it is. Lets just say I cant really listn to her after I listen to someone like Rabin or Oistrakh.
Its starting to get warmer here so I will be pracitcing more soon. I am eager to get better at playing those sacred works by Bach that I love so much. I need to start working 2 jobs again, there just inst enough money to be able to afford all these new dvds coming out like Oistrakh Brahms Concerto and Stern Brahms Trios and Perlman Paganini Concerto, I cant wait top get them. A few others, there is a Japanese dvd of Oistrakh playing the Beethoven Concerto and I still want to get the 4 seasons vhs with stern perlman zukerman and mintz. It is so helpful to have videos like this I can watch over and over. No guessing of bowings or fingerings, its all right there just like a teacher showing you how to play it.
One of my favorite things to do is watch tv when Im practicing. My favorite shows is law and order ci and I tape them, this guy is like a modern shirlock holmes and is so clever. Its my favorite show on tv. Its important to have something on tv to stir things up for me because the hose gets so quiet. Anyone out there practice with the tv on?
The guitar lessons are going well and it really helps out with the bills. The children are very eager to learn and its alot of fun for me to show them how to play. My goal is to get the students to the point where they can teach themself.
Other than that Im starting to think deeply about the Terri Schiavo case, the courts wont hear her case and for me its the whole DrKavorkian thing all over again, how disturbing...
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Other than that I think I heard someone tried to buy the president on ebay???
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