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Mendy Smith

Day 4

February 6, 2009 at 4:18 AM

Now I know that I'm a full-time violist (with a second job seeking employment):  I have a viola hickey forming and I'm getting permanent grooves in my fingers from practicing so much throughout the day.

Lesson night once again.  My martele was judged significantly better, and he picked four 3-octave scales for me to focus on for the scholarship audition - C major & minor and D major & minor, with a focus on sound points and tone production.  Instead of playing in front of a mirror (which throws me off each and every time), he's having me watch the bow from my vantage point, with the added benefit of minimizing how fast this viola hickey forms. 

Onto the Bloch.  He had me jump immediately to the most difficult section - the one that builds up to 9th position, then comes back down again.  The first part builds up tension to a high C in 7th position.  On that note, a miracle occured.  I vibrated for the first time on every note up to and including that C!  This was the first time that this has ever happened.  Couldn't manage it though on the Eb in 9th position, almost but not quite.  Ge gave me a few stylistic tips for that section and had me try them.  Well, that will need a bit more work.  Then we worked on one measure that I was having counting issues with the "piano accompianment".  After making 3 pencil mark slashes and running it through a few time that problem worked itself out quickly enough.

My teacher is genuinely excited about the progress I've made over the past week and how much effort I'm putting into my practice.  I'm excited as well.  But he asked once again WHY is a violist blogging on a violin site?? Couldn't I find a viola site somewhere?  Well, there just aren't any, so here I am :)


From Stephen Brivati
Posted on February 6, 2009 at 5:12 AM

so here I am :)

and bloody glad we are.


From Donna Clegg
Posted on February 7, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Ditto from a fellow violist!

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