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Mendy Smith

No Lesson Blog

October 17, 2008 at 3:16 AM

Lessons were cancelled tonight - my teacher had to put in some extra practice hours of his own for an upcoming concert this weekend.

So, I spent some of the extra time "decorating" one of my engineer's cubical for his birthday tomorrow. I can't disclose publicly what we did to it until he sees it for himself. Let's just say for now, it is a unique way of cubicle decorating that only computer geeks can devise.

Then I went home to practice. But before I could practice, I found my own birthday gifts on the front porch. My family is scattered across the country, so we do the gift-certificate thing. I had purchased 3 more stands and stand lights for quartet nights at my house. After assembling the music stands, I was ready to practice.

Since my own birthday just passed, I still had those "Happy Birthday Variations" on my mind. I wonder... Well, I can't do the left-hand pizz variation, but I can do some of the other variation techniques. So, I started trying them out, transposed for viola of course. After much experimentation, I settled on two variations that I can manage by tomorrow. I've never performed solo in the office before (viola solo that is), but this time I'll be making an exception.

You see, this particular software engineer is also a musician. At this point, no one knows if I will be playing out-of-tune on purpose or not. Everyone knows I'll do something, but I can't hint on what I decided yet. Let's just say for now it will be fun.

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