June 19, 2008 at 6:14 PMA recent thread asked, how many violins do you have? Well, our household has 4, plus a viola. The one in the very middle is my daughter's new 3/4 size. She's quite happy with it and can tell the difference in how much better it sounds than the 1/2 size.
Her Suzuki teacher put the fingerboard tapes on the two little ones a few years ago, but I had to put them on the most recent one (I wasn't allowed to get rid of the tapes altogether, alas). Putting on tapes is a lot harder than I expected. I kept having to move them a millimeter one way or another.
My daughter's viola-playing friend officially quit the viola this morning. Yesterday was the last day of school, and she decided, after hearing the 4th grade band, that she would like to play the clarinet instead in the fall. I'm surprised how disappointed I am. She had not made much progress during the school year and did not have good practice habits, so I am siding with her mother that this was a good decision.
But, I was going to be helping her with viola over the summer, alongside my daughter, and while I knew it was going to be challenging, I had been looking forward to it more than I realized. They did enjoy playing duets together. Maybe I thought I could help this other girl get over that tough patch where the playing sounds like a cat being tortured and earn eternal gratitude from her parents. Maybe I wanted to live out an alternate fantasy life as a music teacher. Well, I still do that a little bit . . . my daughter is enjoying Mel Bay's "Easiest Fiddling Tunes" as recommended by Laurie Niles. Happy Summer!
And on the girl quitting and your "Maybe I wanted to live out an alternate fantasy life as a music teacher" comment, awww. Well, maybe that's your calling for next year then, to take on a mentor's role, but with a different student. (Imagine how deflated you'd feel if you were so sure you were helping this reluctant girl and she quit anyway.) Bet you can find someone who needs the same help, but has an ounce more motivation.
But that is an old and very sore subject for sure.
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