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Mendy Smith

Viola Zombies

October 30, 2010 at 1:22 AM

The Weekend Vote had me searching for one of my favorite viola duets on Youtube:  Viola Zombies.  With luck, I found it.  It is a "Theme and Variations" of sorts to the tune of "The Twighlight Zone".

It is a fun but challenging piece to play as it uses  a full range of techniques from col lengo to sul ponticello to the plain old ordinary bowing and left hand techniques involve sans vibrato, molto vibrato, left hand pizz and plain old pizz.  

Those techniques are easy to master compared to determining how to interpret what is written on the score, such as "Jerks of Rigormortis" and "Zombie Presto".   From what I was told by my previous teacher, these indications are to be interpreted as an acting factor in performance.

From Terez Mertes
Posted on October 30, 2010 at 3:28 PM

 Oh, what a FABULOUS title for a blog for this weekend! Haven't even watched the link yet, but I already knew I had to say "I like." : )

From Christina C.
Posted on November 4, 2010 at 5:07 PM

hey Mendy, speaking of your previous teacher, it sounds as though he's been up to no good!:

From Mendy Smith
Posted on November 6, 2010 at 2:08 AM

 He is an instigator for viola antics :)  Though I laughed heartily, I was not surprised. 

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