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Mendy Smith

Day ..... Time to stop counting

April 3, 2009 at 3:17 AM

It seems the right time to stop counting the days to some milestone event or another.  The big ones have already happened.  How quickly they seem to be a distant memory.  It is time to simply get back "into the groove". 

This last week I started with the Houston Civic Symphony.  I had expected an audition, but that never happened.  I was simply given a chair near the back (of a 10 viola section!!!) with a stand partner who I think is from Germany.  This was the orchestra's 2nd rehearsal for Beethoven's 9th.  The musicianship surpassed any other orchestra I've played in before.  Quite amazing. 

During break, I received a very warm welcome from the section.  I felt at "home" the moment I sat in my chair.  My stand partner offered to e-mail me the PDF's with the bowings, another violist was very concerned on me finding a church to attend (welcome to the deep south!!!), and I was loaned a pencil from another when I realized that I left mine at home. 

I start lessons with my new teacher this Sunday.  So lesson blogs will start happening once again.  I'm feeling quite guilty that I haven't practiced much in the past few weeks, even though I have a perfectly valid excuse (moving halfway across country).  I already started with a desperate plea for help in tackling 10 measures in the first movement of the 9th Symphony that start with fast runs of notes with accidentals on each one followed by a run of 32nd notes. 

There MUST be a method to the madness that I'm not seeing right now. 

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on April 3, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Good luck! That's great!  It's not baby stuff! I'm sure you will become very good in not as much time that as you think!


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