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Amber Rollins

Sausage Fingers

April 4, 2011 at 3:11 PM

My violin teacher is planning on holding a student recital soon. Me being a student, I need to play something. Perfectly! Much better than everyone else! (My requirements, not hers.) This is not so much ego as a desire to not be showed up by a bunch of eight-year-olds.

She assigned me Nathalia Baklanova's "Mazurka". It seems to be a standard kids' thing in the UK, but I like it a lot. I'm supposed to not only play it quickly (and perfectly!) but with some real attack. I'm working on it. I have to, you know, learn the notes first.

I'm also working on the A major scale. Mary, my teacher, always asks me to practice scales in whole notes, quarters, half and then eights to tempo, usually 120. This A major has to be done in a new kind of tricky (for me) pattern where I use the fourth finger on the whole, half and quarter notes, but switch to open strings for the eights. Yikes! Hard to do all that and get the intonation right, especially when I have sausage fingers and have a hard time getting those fourth finger notes in tune.

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