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Mendy Smith

Shopping time..... again...

April 18, 2006 at 4:59 AM

I got a call this evening from my real estate agent - I got on offer on the house!!! WIPPEEE! Escrow is scheduled to close on the 25th of May. So, shopping starts again...

Firstly - for a new home with a good practice/music room (yes - I take my viola house hunting with me). I test the stairway, kitchen, office area, living room and entry way for good acoustics, lighting and ambiance. Oh, and a decent sized back yard so I can practice outside in the summer and hopefully not annoy the neighbors too much (great way to overcome stage fright btw).

Secondly - viola shopping starts again. I got the names of a few places from fellow violists in my orchestra and also found out about a convention of sorts for musical instrument makers in the next few weeks. Gotta check it out! I think I'll get a 15 1/2" or 16". I did try out a 16 1/2" but that was WAY to big.

Oh yeah - also need to find a teacher in the area now as well.

Just got finished with orchestra practice tonight. The fingerings I worked out work sooooo much better at concert tempo. I can now keep up with the principle violist. Sorta proud of myself on that one! The tuba moved back a bit, but now I'm sitting next to the basoons. It's still a bit hard to hear myself to tell if I'm in-tune or not. Maybe if I tilted my head a bit more - but I'm afraid of getting twisted out of shape. We'll see.

From Jasmine Lewis
Posted on April 18, 2006 at 11:35 PM
I play on a 15 1/2 in. viola myself...

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