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Christmas Melt

November 23, 2006 at 1:30 AM

I have been very bad. I have been so tired from this long string of gigs that I decided to take a little break (for two days) to rest before the Christmas concerts begin.

The naughtiness falls in the fact that it has turned into more than two days. Except to play/record things for fun, which doesn't count as practicing.

I think my conscience ran away, because I feel no remorse from my minute-ago-decision that today would make day 3 minus practice. That, or this is self-preservation from meltdown. That would make a good Christmas song. The Christmas Melt in Bb.

On the other hand, I've been listening to more music for violin and viola than a long shot...and enjoying it. How often I do not enjoy listening to classical music. It is such a joy when it becomes a pleasurable activity once again.


From jennifer steinfeldt warren
Posted on November 23, 2006 at 7:15 AM
...and then...I just HAD to play through the Beethoven Romance in F. Are there any "traditional" fingerings/bowings that are kind of accepted as the norm for this piece? It isn't all that difficult, but the fingerings are a bit awkward if one wants to avoid a lot of Fnatural in first position.

I guess it really depends on the instrument for matters like that. The piece really forces me to work on continuous vibrato through the note-changes, differing vibratoes, and intonation in 2nd and 4th positions.

My orchestra packets came today. Four concerts worth of music can be a large stack! Thankfully it is seasonal music and not really challenging stuff!!!


From Terez Mertes
Posted on November 23, 2006 at 2:04 PM
Congratulations on your naughtiness! Sounds like the reproachful side stepped in at the end. Always a great thing when we can keep that stern voice at bay. Good job for lasting 2 1/2 days. : )

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