March 2005

March 29, 2005 23:07

I started working on the orchestral excerpts tonight and they are going to take more work than I expected. I actually wasn't going to even look at them until after my recital, but that only gives me a few weeks. Even with this week added to that...I don't know. I'm using the metronome hardcore because there are a lot of off beat that I rush to onbeats....like 75 percent of the rest of the violin community. Hm. Well...I'm going back to the grind. Things are going well on this front.
Sals,
JW

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March 29, 2005 04:44

Well. it is almost six in the morning and I'm wide awake. I didn't yawn into sleep until about 4. Hmmm. Yesterday was a very musically satisfying day. I practiced early at school and then had a long coaching session which was extremely helpful in many ways. One, I was jittery from the moment I woke up yesterday. But I played around and through it and had a great time playing anywy. It didn't show. When I can do that, I have this feeling like my performance will be alright. THen I practiced some more in the afternoon and taught a lesson. Usually I'm pretty hyperactive while teaching, but I felt like I had really dug into some of her technique well and articulated things better than usual. Then last night some friends came over and brought their recording equipment which is...thousands of dollars more intense than my own. I put some violin parts in his songs. It was fun. THere were other aspects of my day that made it interesting, too. But I'll not write a novellete this early in the morning. I think I'll go organize my closet by colour, type, and texture.
Sals,
JW

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March 27, 2005 22:29

Well, we are getting ready to watch "From Mao to Mozart" in our newly moved into apartment. What a week. Easter never seems like a holiday...but I'm glad for the gigging income, that's for sure! Tomorrow I have my first coaching session with my pianist and my teacher on the Beethoven. He said not to practice too long before hand because he's going to wear us out. I'm glad, actually. My hearing is on Friday. It is starting to sound like something. Well, I'll write more later.
Sals,
JW

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March 17, 2005 18:01

Strange, very strange day. My Grandma passed away, but I went to my lesson anyway. And my teacher said that my Bach was "beautiful" and...get this..."in tune". Coming from him, well, I don't know if that has come from him. He's one of my favourite people in the world, and I think it a virtue that he is honest. It make compiments worth gold. Also, I asked about a particularly greusome passage because I have to crunch my finger to get both strings at the same time. He said that it sounded good and was o.k...he'd stop me if it needed fixing. I didn't tell him about my g-ma, so I know that he wasn't trying to make me feel good. It makes for a strange balance. I also think it strange that I played so well while under such emotional shock. I'll dissect that later. All is well in Jenniferland at the moment. Making cornbread for the husband.
Sals,
JW

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March 16, 2005 11:11

Obviously I couldn't wait two days...
JW

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March 16, 2005 10:42

Hi Guys. It has been so long since I've been active on this site. I decided this morning that it is time to reinstate myself as a violinist in type :) Whenever I google anything that has to do with violin technique or...um, the violin at all...this site comes up. It is the best around. I figure that I need to get back into the groove of analyzing everything about my playing all the time. It got a bit overwhelming and was hard to feel right about anything I did, but I'm ready to take apart my playing again. To those who know me...I'm sane now. He he. WAY more so than when I was frequenting these pages last year. I still have that da*n recital to do. April 10th. And I have some auditions coming up for symphony orchestras, which I hope I am ready to play in. Been steadily practicing. Not as much as a lot of the people on here. I just can't do more than a few hours anymore. I used to grind away for 5-6 hours a day, but now I get more done if I only do 2 hours and keep very detailed writings on every measure that needs work, or problem to investigate, or approaches to alter. Maybe I've just gotten weak. I played Mahler 5 this past weekend and it was SO FUN. I had the stamina for the rehearsals and performance, so it isn't that I don't have endurance. Just that I guess I'm really not sure what else to do with my music. I've been playing the same pieces for, literally, years. They still hold excitement some days, but I'm at a loss on how to fix the things that are still wrong, and I am not even really sure what is wrong. Anyway. So it is hard to practice long hours. And I'm not going to put a guilt trip on myself for that anymore. When I get orchestra music or excerpts or new things to learn, I'm piqued and go at it longer I guess. Hm. Still have a knack for incessant rambling without purpose, direction, or content, I see!!! YAY. You know, now that I'm not in school, I listen to way more composed music. More music in general, actually. More curious about nuances, sounds and history. Some days I'm like "Hm. I wonder where Mendelssohn worked and why and what he was like" randomly. I guess I knew at one time. So I look it up and feel all academic and smart. Mmmm. Love feeling smart. Kind of like dressing up like Shostakovich for a day to get in the mood to compose. I was going to pretend I was Mahler one day while practicing his music, but can you imagine his moods and mine in the same skin?? My poor husband! Well. I'll stop at that. I am going to wait a few days before I respond to anything on the forums to make sure I can articulate correctly and get with the program. Besides. I've kind of been realizing that I should talk less and read/listen more. You think? (Jennifer scrolls up, up, up,...) Anyhow. Much to be learned and determined.
Sincerely,
JW

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