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Mendy Smith

Last Day of Intermission

April 7, 2008 at 2:52 AM

Today is my last day of my "mini-vacation".

I finally managed a somewhat graceful shift from 5th position up to 8th, reach the top notes with my fourth finger, and back down again. The trick was to really get my left thumb under the neck (and ultimately almost to the edge of the fingerboard on the right hand side) and bring my arm around quite a bit towards my right. I measured about 1 cm of space remaining at the end of the fingerboard by the time I made it to the top of the F# scale.

I think I need to take up yoga.

Jose called me this afternoon. She is going to be the "Featured Artist" in June at the gallery, and asked me if my quartet would like to play at the gallery again. I hope the guys (violinsts & cellist) say yes. One of the artists applied for a grant to help pay for musicians to play at the gallery. The pay wouldn't be much - probably enough to cover for gas for everyone. It is the thought that counts. I'm just thrilled they want us back. We are all amatures with full-time day jobs who do this for our own entertainment and enjoyment. The lady that runs the bookstore in the gallery is still refering to us as a "symphony". Hehe.

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