November 2004

November 18, 2004 21:16

Had a bad day, but it is recovering and I might get in some Beethoven practice. I've been focusing on Bach all day and, well, for the whole week, and Beethoven really needs some hard intonation work. It is so incredibly out of tune. Was it always that way, or has it fallen to shambles in the past few weeks? I can't answer that. Funny how the more I play a piece the more out of tune it gets. That is a serious problem. On the school front, I am so burned out and just ready to be done. Aching with anticipation. I'll be so glad to be done. I've never NOT been a student. It will be a strange life to wear for awhile with some accostoming and tailoring to do.
Sals,
JW

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November 15, 2004 22:21

Well, I'm back to myself for awhile I think. I got a new recital date, which is so far away...April 10th. THat posed a problem because there was no way I could motivate myself to play this music (except the Beethoven) for another five months. SO my teacher and I decided on a new Bach and to play the Mozart 3 first movement which I've played a kazillion times before but never in a recital like this. So the program is now Ysaye, Beethoven (all), Bach (two movements), and Mozart (one movement). Quite different. But I ran home and couldn't wait to practice. It helped that the Mozart immediately sounded good. It will be a challenge to work on it for so long. The Bach, which one is it...hm...Sonata no.3 Largo and Allegro assai. The largo is so beautiful and I've never played it before. The allegro has some tricky passages, though it seems easy. It is almost midnight and I'm wondering if I put my practice mute on, if I will bother anyone? Yup. I'm feeling better.
Sals,
JW

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November 13, 2004 12:30

Well. I can't remember when or what I last blogged. I haven't touched my violin since I postponed/cancelled my recital. Mostly because I don't know what to play. I can't bring myself to play the recital music. And now I might be without a pianist, which could be a good thing. Start afresh. Or bad. Like, can't find one. I don't feel like I"m starting afresh though. I feel like it is tired and old. SO today I"m going to just play through Kreutzer to get my fingers and mind back on the violin. Maybe record some of them as motivation to play them well and not just slop through page after page. THey didn't let me have my violin in the hospital this time. I don't know why. By the way, just got out. AGAIN. for the last time in a long time. I'm finally straightened out, I think. And if I'm not, then I'm going to pretend that I am for all practical purposes. Whatever. Between laundry the Kreutzer will float out of the window. Matching the booming car stereos in the parking lot cranking out the rap and spanish music. I don't think I"m much of a match, but I can try!! :)
Sals,
JW

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November 8, 2004 06:24

Well...I'm trying to wake up this morning. Explain this. I was too asleep to make coffee at home...I mean, the thought of the preparation made my eyes close, but I was fine with walking to the gas station to get coffee. THat seemed easier. I guess the walk woke me up a little because I can type:). Logic in the mornings. Got to love it! As for my recital. I requested that it be postponed until next semester and then I'll take both exams this semeseter instead of the other way around. We'll see how that goes over. Even though I'm SO SICK of this music. Oh well. I won't write why it isn't ready because I don't want to offend any person who might stumble upon this blog. That is always a concern, though I didn't figure it in until recently. My name prominantly displayed along with my complaints about everything. He he. I'm good at complaining, after all. well. Time to get ready. My alarm on my watch went off in the gas station and I couldn't reach undr my coat and sweater to turn it off wiht coffee in my hand. IT took forever to get the darned thing to stop beeping. Sheepish grin. K.
Sals,
JW

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November 7, 2004 22:37

I want to cancel my recital. It is so hard not to. Really want to just say to the heck with it. I'm having some confidence problems. I suppose this is normal, though, so I need to be strong and ride it out. My teacher says I am my own worst critic. I wish I wasn't. That would make life easier.
Sals
JW

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November 4, 2004 15:58

Yes, it has been a long time since I've shown up on the board. I spent a stint of time in the hospital and together with the stresses of my recital and exams, I have been trying to discipline my time for wellness and for work. Alas...I miss V.Com. So. The hearing for my recital is coming up in a week and a half. My recital is on the 21st. Lets just say that I'm a basket case. And there is a lot of doubt floating around in my head. I know that I can do it if I have confidence. WIthout confidence, it will be a disaster. It is all about my mindset and state because I know the music as well as I can. (Jennifer breathes). ANyhow. Tonight I'm going to record some of it after I give my wrist a break. I've been having some pain problems from overuse. Mostly from playing Bach. And not warming up enough. THat is what I get. Strange that the Beethoven doesn't make it hurt, but Bach does. Must be the key and stretching. (EM vs. DM). Well. I'll frequent more later.
Sals,
JW

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