Jul. 30, 2004 at 3:28 AMwow, my life is hectic.
I just got back from the east coast, marthas vineyard, the wheather was decent and i got tons of exercise, but all in all it was rather boring. I hvae a few days at home until i leave to the britt festival for some chamber music (two weeks of it, i'm excited). then i get back and i have 6 days to move from here to my new apartment in san francisco before my classes start at the conservatory, in addition my teacher is pushing for me to polish some pieces before then, i must be more zen.
Jun. 24, 2004 at 8:34 PMwell because i'm a fool, and in the interest of playing a more well rounded concert, (nutritionally balanced as emil would say), i've cut a bunch of stuff and decided to learn some new things as well. I needed a slow movement for the second half and i decided to learn dvorak's romance, it seems like a real crowd pleaser. Its got some tricky things in it but it shouldnt be a problem. By the way, anyone who's played this and has helpful advice please email me, it would be greatly appreciated.
Jun. 17, 2004 at 9:45 PMwhy cant i figure out how to use that damn concerto box thing??? on the bright side i had a decent day of practicing but i cant believe it i screwed my hand up again im such a moron. anyway i'm doing some chamber music later and some wieniawski duets tomorrow so this should be a fun couple of days....except that performance is still looming.
Jun. 15, 2004 at 8:18 PMohmygod! its 95 degrees out and its only 1 o clock i'm screwed. and also i practiced five hours without a break and managed to hurt my hand on fingered octaves AGAIN! (i never learn) and then i inadvertantly signed up to play a concert tonight of music i've never seen before, am i a fool or what. The heat is melting my brain, i need to air condition a room for my violin or it'll melt as well. Screw the brain but the violin is rather expensive. On the bright side my concert program is looking up, i can play through the pieces now, it needs serious brushing up but at least i can give a half-decent performance now, so i have a month to brush it up, it just might work. meanwhile i guess i'll ice my hand so i can play tonight
Jun. 12, 2004 at 12:21 AMoh what a wonderful day of practicing, things are coming together finally which is good, i'm starting to think i can pull this performance off. The saint-saens intro and rondo hasn't been touched in ages so it's probably a good idea to resurrect it soon, considering i want ot perform it in a month, but hte rest of the pieces are sounding good. it is, however, rather hot and sticky at the moment which is no fun and definetely not conducive to hard practicing. I'll have to resume later, for now i'll take a cold shower/.
Jun. 10, 2004 at 12:04 AMsometimes, you just have to let loose. I spent a long time practicing slowly and doing sevcik and dounis and playing soft scales and trying to meditate on my sound as i played, and then suddenly i had to let loose, so i played the bach e major prelude at prestissimo and then ran through the saint-saens intro and rondo and also played that way over tempo and then played some random scales for a minute. and now i feel much better.
Jun. 7, 2004 at 8:34 PMahh, its a practice day today. I got off to a late start because i stayed up rather late last night. Well actually i went to bed early but my friend called me at 1230 to ask a stupid computer question, so that didnt help much. ANyway once i got underway my practicing went really well. I've been struggling a bit with paganini 11, its sort of easy to play badly, or blandly, but quite difficult to pull off in a musical and interesting manner, so i've been working at that. Also trying to make the slow part of that caprice sound really beautiful can be a challenge, trying to get lots of different colors and phrasings happening. oh well, time to get back to the grind i suppose. I should probably clean the house as well, naah, i'll practice instead.
Jun. 6, 2004 at 10:41 PMwow im tired, its one of those days i guess. Had a lesson today, it went well, i had lots of criticisms as usual but he remained happy so i guess i didnt play too badly. i think i'll take a nap.
Jun. 5, 2004 at 11:36 PMman it's hot, 93 degrees is NOT conducive to practicing as i found out this morning, plus my rosin has disappeared. I do have a lesson tomorrow and i had wanted to bring in a paganini caprice but instead i will bring poor excuses, and a rosinless bow, oh well, for now i just need the sun to go down so i can function again. It's been a while since updated this because i've been away among other things, and trying to find housing in san francisco, which is difficult (and expensive). gah, i dont feel like writing, i feel like swimming, say, swimming, thats a good idea.
May. 26, 2004 at 11:25 PMahh, i knew boredom would eventually drive me to start a blog. What a dead day, i had to leave at 630 to go resolve a stupid fix-it-ticket and the line for traffic court was astoundingly long, by the time i got back i didn't feel like doing scales, i felt like lying in the sun for a few hours. which i did, and now I still dont feel like practicing, oh well. Sleep deprevation kills motivation i'm finding out, but i managed to get in maybe 2 hours of semi-focused (emphasis on semi) practicing. On the bright side of things paganini 11 is finally starting to feel comfortable. I've always wanted to play that caprice and now i can, guess practicing pays off, (surprise). I had an inkling my gut strings were in their death throes and lo and behold i swapped on a set of infelds and im twice as good, for some reason i kill strings really fast. I sort of want this day to be over so i can sleep and wake up rested and actually practice, but i've been invited to a hearts game at the coffee shop and all my friends know i cant resist the lure of hearts. Besides, im the champion, i have a reputation to defend. Anyway im thinking of putting on a concert, these are the pieces im considering.
saint-saens intro and rondo
wieniawski concerto 2,
kresiler praeludium and allegro
wieniawski scherzo tarantella
maybe paganini 16 and possibly some bach as an encore, assuming they're still awake. I cant for the life of me decide what order to put them in though. If you actually read through all that muck and think you know the secret of arranging programs please share the wealth and email me.