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Mendy Smith

Back 2 Bach II

October 10, 2008 at 3:45 AM

Lesson night once again. This time we both made absolutely certain that I was warmed up first. We had repeated that mistake once last week, and my teacher's ears paid dearly for that mistake. This time is was much better.

I've put aside the Brahms Sonata for now, and putting my focus back on the Bach Suites. Right now I'm learning two movements of the 3rd that I hadn't learned before: Prelude and Sarabande. The Prelude has a tricky section that is basically arpeggiated chords. We spent quite a bit of time practicing these as double stops, tuning the intervals, and working on finger placement when stopping the D string while playing open strings on the G and A.

We spent so much time on the Prelude, that we were only to get a minute in on the Sarabande before his next student arrived.

Speaking of whom. This talented teenager will be on the radio show From The Top tomorrow. He actually played last May (I think), and it is now finally airing tomorrow night.
You can listen to this show online now:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95289018

Griffin is an amazing young violist. I had the joy of listening to him as an "audience" of sorts last week as he prepared for an upcoming concert in his lessons with Joel. He also really is a good baker. I have the opportunity to taste some of his treats. His cookies are mmmmmmmm!

On a different note, I'm purchasing a new music gizmo - the "Body Beat". It is a metrome that you wear that pulses to the mm. My teacher is excited to check this gizmo out once it arrives.

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on October 10, 2008 at 4:48 AM
Greretings,
I want to try thast, too. I wodner if you leave it on all night you wake up with better rythm?
Cheers,
Buri
From Mendy Smith
Posted on October 10, 2008 at 4:56 AM
hehehehe... if that is ALL it does if you wear it all night, it would be a good thing. ;)
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on October 10, 2008 at 5:54 AM
or a tragedy...
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on October 10, 2008 at 6:31 AM
Greetings,
anybody who has seen that new comedy`Sex in ohio` (this may be a bad translation from Japanese) should maybe not join this discussion. The uses cordless phones and blackberries can be put to is astonsighin.
Cheers,
Buri

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