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Mendy Smith

Equal and Just

December 31, 2007 at 3:58 AM

Today I practiced Bruch with my pianist for the first time. She is an AMAZING pianist and accompanist! She always kept an eye on what I was doing to match my tempo and style. We only had 2 problems: 1 - my fingers tripped over themselves on a few very fast runs up the fingerboard, 2 - we were never *quite* in tune with each other. Not surprising since the tuning systems between the viola and piano are different, and become more significant the further away from A440 you get. I'm still struggling on how to overcome that challenge...

I found that I slipped back into my "shy-mode" of playing rather than projecting the melody confidently, and I spent more time listening to her on the piano than I did to my own playing. We have 3 more practice sessions scheduled before the competition. I hope that this will be enough to get me used to playing with a pianist, and in front of people that I don't know well. The good news is that my bow arm did NOT shake one bit and I didn't *feel* nervous and scared playing in front of someone new.

Two more days of vacation before heading back to the office. That amounts to about 10 more hours of uninterrupted, focused practice time. Just two more measures......

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on December 31, 2007 at 4:39 AM
My teacher said that in situations like that she tunes to A441 (I've never tried that because I don't have a digital tuner).

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