May 2, 2008 at 7:15 AMI thought that torture was banned in the civilized world? Apparently no one considered that by combining Kreutzer #3 and vibrato, an entirely new form of torture has been developed and administered in my teacher's studio and my music room. And just to make this agony more excruciating, let's not forget shifting up to that high E on the A string.
I'm also getting an opportunity to learn things I never before imagined - musical terms (Restez.), notations (fingered harmonics), new bowing techniques (up-bow staccato while playing ppp double stops on the G and C strings), scales (3-octave D-Minor), fingerboard stratoshpere exploration (8th + position), etc...
How can something so frustrating and incredibly difficult be so much fun? I don't think I will ever know the real answer to that question. All I know is that playing viola is a passion that has withstood the test of time. Yes, I'm approaching 30 year mark of viola-playing.
YIKES! It's taken 30 years to learn vibrato?!?!?!?! Oh well. What is a few more months to learn 1st finger vibrato in the scheme of things?
I see Suzuki children who somehow can vibrato better than I even though they can't play pass third position.
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