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Karen Allendoerfer

It's been too long

June 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

between lessons again: three weeks on Monday. As Sue once wrote about adult students, life intervened. I had a really busy last Monday at work, with 3 deadlines, and rescheduled well in advance.

I know it's been too long because I'm getting frustrated with vibrato again. I had been doing a C-minor scale with vibrato, with the scroll against the wall, because the Clarke is in C-minor. It wasn't great, but it was happening, and improving.

Then I switched to a G-major scale because the Bach is in G-major, and that scale is all in 3rd and higher positions, and the vibrato is now horrible. I'm reading old threads to see if I can find some advice that will help, but I'm not connecting the dots. I'm not even ready for "Off the Wall Arm Vibrato" because "On the Wall Any Kind of Vibrato" isn't happening. I could go back to C minor, or major for a little change of pace. But that doesn't address the fundamental problem, which is any kind of vibrato outside of first position on the C and G strings. My hand feels tight and stretched in all the wrong ways. The fingers reach the notes and the notes are in tune, but the hand doesn't want to vibrate. If I do get some wiggles here or there, the whole instrument starts shaking.

And then there is the Boob Tube. Not the TV, YouTube. "Broadcast Yourself." Hah. I've really enjoyed watching other people's performances, even just the practice sessions, that they've posted for comments. I thought it would be interesting to try posting something of my own, especially to tide me over when I can't have a lesson. In April I linked to my church talent show performance of the Colombi Ciacona, and it was almost impossible to view. It took forever to load on most platforms, and I don't know if anyone saw it. So I thought I would try YouTube.

After I edited out the beginning and the end of the movie so that you don't see an enormous hand coming at the camera and engulfing it to turn it off, and added a mask to cover up the toys all over the practice room, I exported it for web and uploaded it.

The video still is stretched: they say the camera adds 10 pounds, but 50? The funniest part is how the audio doesn't match the video. I'm moving at 2X or 3X, while the sound is playing in real time. Barbara Barber on speed. And it doesn't finish, it only goes about 2/3 of the way through the first page. It was fine on my Macintosh . . . really! It's hard to believe that one of my job duties is maintaining a website at that Mecca of technological innovation, MIT.

Sunday morning edit: two kind souls said that the video was unavailable, so I took it down to see what's going on. I hope to have a better one, where the audio matches the video, next week

From Paul Grant
Posted on June 28, 2008 at 8:57 PM
i tried to watch this video but it said it was unavailable.
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on June 28, 2008 at 11:51 PM
The same thing happened to me. Did you pull it off?
From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on June 29, 2008 at 11:52 AM
Paul and Pauline,

No, I hadn't taken it down when you tried to view it--apparently I'm still having trouble with YouTube. This is beta testing . . .

Thanks so much for the feedback. I did take it off just now, Sunday Morning, to figure out what's going on. I'm going to try to have a better one, where the audio matches the video, next week.

My daughter also wants me to put up a duet of us playing the can-can.

From Paul Grant
Posted on June 29, 2008 at 8:54 PM
Paul and Pauline...I don't know what but this struck me funny.

I will look forward to seeing those videos!

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on June 30, 2008 at 1:29 PM

It struck me as funny too when I wrote it. "Paul and Pauline" reminded me of the title of a book that I just finished reading: "Julie and Julia." The book is about a blogger named Julie Powell who blogged about cooking her way through Julia Child's _Mastering the Art of French Cooking_ in one year. Her stories about her blog and the comments she gets are edgy and hilarious. She also uses enough foul language in her blog that she would justifiably get banned from Not exactly a blogging role model.

But in other ways I really identified with her impulse. I also started blogging when I picked up the violin and then the viola again after 8 years off. It was that kind of life-changing project.

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