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Mendy Smith

Last Lessons

March 1, 2006 at 5:44 AM

Well, I'm coming down to my last 2 lessons. After having been laid off.... I need say no more on that other than job hunting is looking good.

So, back to tonight's lessons. Trying to fix the death-grip phenomena. It's in both my hands and we've (my teacher and I) are still trying to find the source - is it my left hand death-grip feeding my right or visa versa? So, I got a right hand massage while holding the bow, alot of finger re-arranging and asked to play again. I nearly dropped the bow! After awhile, I didn't feel like I was going to drop it anymore and had a looser (but still not up to par) hold. Then we worked on my right hand playing with how much pressure/weight was *really* needed to make a good tone.

Put the two together and viola! (pun intended) Then onto the Bach double concerto - although I'm good at math I seem to have a problem counting when distracted by someone else playing the 2nd part. I (blush) stop and listen to her playing instead of playing myself. LOL! It has been such a long time - decades - since I've played anything but solo. Boy, I forgot what a challenge that is! I have alot of time on my hands right now, so I can actually practice more than 30 minutes a day. By next week this little counting problem (and un-employment problem) will be fixed!

From Emily Liz
Posted on March 1, 2006 at 4:02 PM
When I learned the Bach Double it really helped me to play along to a recording. That way I heard not only my part and my partner's part, but the orchestra part, as well. The method worked so well that when I first played it with my teacher, we didn't need to stop once. Just don't use Hilary Hahn's, which goes at the speed of light.
From Terez Mertes
Posted on March 1, 2006 at 5:57 PM
Mendy - I'll want to know about the job situation as soon as you find out something - good luck, there! And good luck with the death grip situation, as well.

PS - Heck of a storm on Monday, yes? Hope your home held up. Our chimney blew its stack. ((I know just how it feels.))

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