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Mendy Smith

A Page a Week

May 1, 2008 at 5:02 AM

Lesson night once again. We started on the D Minor scale to warm up (the fingerboard is NOT a keyboard and the bow is NOT a mouse!). Then some Kreutzer - #3 this time. For some reason I was having a hard time reading treble clef.

Then back to Clarke. I played through page 1 & 2 without getting stopped by my teacher. That hasn't happened before! Especially not after only started learning the piece 2 weeks ago. At the end, he reviewed some of page 2 with me. We worked on the double-stops, some tempo aspects at the end, some phrasing on page 1 and some rhythm issues in the beginning of page 2.

Then, out comes that magic pencil again. He's marking up page 3!!!!! This is now becoming a "page a week" piece!

Page 3 has much as the same melody in the previous two pages, except for the first few lines, and the last few measures. We slooooooowly go through first few lines. YIKES! There is a high E on the A string - the E that is about 1 cm from the end of the fingerboard. I haven't even tried to figure out what position that is yet. But, for the most part, the challenge on this page is just playing up in the stratosphere.

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