April 25, 2010 01:30
Well I'm rushing to catch up to school right now, I'm still on the mend. I ended up with the Flu ontop of the kidney stone issues. I have yet to pick my violin up again, which saddens me. I'm just so exhausted, and so frustrated with everything going on, even when I tried to play (several times in one day) I just couldn't get the feel for anything I knew I could do.
I think I'm going to try to catch up on all of my school work where I can relax before I start playing again, if nothing else I have my lesson on Monday, so I'll be practicing then.
Just thought I'd let you know I hadn't died. I'll try to get a better update soon, perhaps about my next lesson.
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April 19, 2010 08:42
Well I havn't posted recently, and I'm not entirely sure what I have updated about. I'll go through later, but honestly this blog is just about set backs in my violin lessons.
I find that I like to tilt the bow a little too far, and have to remember to keep my elbow squared, so that I don't hit the wood on the violin. Really I don't know why I do this, but it's somewhat frustrating to me.
I havn't gotten to play much the last week, because last Thursday I ended up in the hospital with a kidney stone, and then the day after I had to go back because I got an infection in that same kidney. So I'm still recovering, it's taking a while, and I'm doped up on pain pills. I'm afraid to pick up my violin and practice with a foggy head, I want to because I know I'll be about as relaxed as I can be, but really what if I drop it?
Anyway now I'm very behind in school, so I have to catch up, and I'm still healing. My violin teacher is sick and called to reschedule this meeting for a later day, which is convienent for me, since I'm not feeling very well either, I told her that we'll just put it off until next Monday, I think that way hopefully we'll both be feeling much better, and I'll hopefully be mostly caught up on my classes.
I miss the sound of my screetching violin in my house. And the feel of the strings pressing into my fingertips when I'm practicing my Twinkle Variations. Perhaps today after my pain pill wears off a little I'll practice a bit before I take another.
I'll come back through when I'm feeling healed, and not on the pills anymore, and hopefully edit this. I just hope it makes sense.
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April 7, 2010 18:28
Well last blog I posted that I would be using another blogging website, but in consideration of the comments I got after saying such I've decided to keep posting here aswell, I might just duplicate each of the posts to one site or the other. Below this post is the post from the other website.
To update: I've been practicing atleast 15 minutes a day, I missed yesterday, shame on me, but do quite enjoy playing. I normally practice after I do my math, because it makes me relax. I usually am ready to crush something while I'm working on math problems, so waiting to practice until after I do my homework makes me happy.
Twinkle Twinkle, I'm working on the first... 5 lines I think, I'm not sure what that's called, but mostly I'm working on my finger placements, and the timing, trying to do it slowly, and when I do it slowly good, I speed it up little by little. I want to beable to place them without even thinking about it.
Not a whole lot of progress yet, but it's only been a couple of days, and I've been rediculously busy with school. I started on Monday, and they're definatly keeping me busy with homework.
Obviously I have a math class which I hate, with a teacher that likes to assign 100 math problems a week for homework. Oceanography, which is my science, I havn't even started my homework on that class, Psychology which I looooove, and I'm up to date with that class, and English which I start on Thursday.
Thank you for encouraging me, and I'm not sure if it's like this for you, but just hearing myself (attempt to) make music cheers me up no matter how frustrated I am. When I get to angry to think during my math lessons, I simply take a couple of deep breaths, look up some violin music on youtube, and then play a little twinkle and I feel much better.
Another update on Monday I hope.
Well I joined a website called Violinist.com when I decided to learn the violin. Two weeks later I bought my violin, named her Carmen, and shortly thereafter found a teacher aswell.
I posted a blog of my first lesson, and after the excitement of finding my lovely violin, but I decided instead of posting every week on that website that I could simply make a blog here, and anytime I wanted to post I could without fearing I was bothing someone by posting so many blogs. I find that a lot of my blogs are somewhat short, especially when I'm excited.
I took my first lesson, and I really enjoy my teacher, she says I pick up on things quickly and my violin hold is good. We quickly figured out a comfortable way to hold the violin. In the beginning I couldn't decide if I wanted to use a shoulder rest or if I wanted to learn without, so she let me borrow hers for the weekend, and niether were very comfortable to me. I now use a small cosmetic sponge that sits on my shoulder and gives me a small amount of padding. It's really very perfect for me, even though I have a long neck.
She also noticed that I have long arms, which she said is good for learning the violin.
After the lesson I went home and both my arms were so sore, I was using muscles I'd never really thought about using before.
I practiced my notes, and my bow hold, and first finger position.
A couple days later I ended up sunburned on my shoulders and neck.
I still practiced, but the first two days I had blisters, and was in so much pain I wore sleeveless shirts. Now I'm at the itchy stage, it still hurts, but is definatly healing.
I had my Second lesson this morning, and of course, that's what this particular blog is about.
I went in, after almost sleeping late, and sat down, opening my case, and taking out my violin. I mentioned that I had lost a string on my bow during the week, and she said it wasn't important, that one string is find, and told me different ways I could clip or pull it off without hurting the bow.
After that we recapped what I had been practicing, and she mentioned that I was practicing too low on the bow, that I needed to practice at the middle. I'm having difficulty with that for some reason. I also tilt the bow a little too much, so now that my strings are starting to stretch the wood hits the violin strings. I have to work on the way I tilt the bow.
I'm now practicing the first part of Twinkle Twinkle little star, she said my bowing and hold are still great, and she also mentioned she'd never had a student move that far in two lessons.
I'm flattered, but I also know that just because I'm moving fast now, doesn't mean I always will, and I know that practicing, a good ear, and an attention to detail will help.
We're also going to start teaching me how to read sheet music soon. She wrote down a couple of the basics so if I wanted to start learning this week I could.
We weren't sure how much time I'd have to practice because I start college this evening. I havn't been to school in four years, and I'm a little scared, but excited.
Hopefully before you know it I'll be playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the violin.
I didn't think I'd even learn that as quickly as I am. I actually pick up on all of it quite quickly and can definatly hear when something is off even if I'm not sure how to fix it.
My next lesson is on Monday at 9.30am, 30 minutes earlier than I normally go. I always feel so refreshed after my lessons, and encouraged. I was afraid as an adult begginner it would be hard to find a teacher that didn't look down on adult beginners, there are so many things floating around discouraging us. I'll tell you right now I don't want, nor expect to become a virtuoso, I just want to play to express my feeling that I can't describe in words, and release my soul into the music, I want to enjoy playing and let the music speak for me. I want it to be something I can do, even after a terrible day, and still enjoy it.
I told my teacher at my first lesson that there was a piece I wanted to learn really bad, and she told me to bring it in and that she could look at it, and perhaps play it to me. I brought it in, and she said it was a good piece to work towards, not so difficult that it would take me a very long time to learn.
I attempted to link a youtube video of the song that is my goal for now, but I'm not sure I've done it right. It's called Sad Romance, by Thao Nguyen Xanh.
Wish me luck, and perhaps I'll make a video of me playing once I've learned Twinkle Twinkle, but I'm sure that will be a ways from now.
Ah the small milestones. All so worth it in the end.
April 5, 2010 15:08
Well I decided instead of bothing everyone with my repetative blogging, I decided to make a blog on an actual blog website. I had my second lesson this morning and if you'd like to follow me, and continue reading about my lessons, I'm not sure if any of you really would like to, but here's the link for it.
<3 and I'll still be lurking around, I just hate to post a bunch of useless blogs on this wonderful website.
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