December 2005

December 31, 2005 10:39

So, I have Georgia All-State Orchestra auditions coming up in two weeks, exactly. So, I felt yesterday's practice would be a good time to review my excerpts. They were all okay, but I need to work on the Second Excerpt from Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and the Fifth excerpt, which is from Copland's Bukaroo Holiday.

I've looked at my new Haydn Concerto No. 1 in C. At first, I didn't really like it. I had just finished Mozart, and I was expecting Haydn to be a lot like Mozart 3, but it isn't.

So, while I was singing Haydn in the shower last night, I realized what a good piece it is. I was able to figure out the phrases, and it is a lot more fun to play now. Although, practicing Haydn isn't so fun. I have work to do in order to play it in-tune, as stupid as that sounds, the key of C isn't the easiest to play in. In fact, I don't think I have ever played a concerto in the key of C.

Mozart 4 was in D
Lalo (Symphonie Espagnole) was in d
Bruch was in g
Mozart 3 was in G


Well, I've worked on Bach a little. It's more like re-learning it, since I haven't had lessons in so long. Anyways, I was supposed to have Minuet I from Partita No. 3 ready a couple of weeks ago, but my teacher had to cancel lessons, and then the next week, my mom couldn't take me to lessons. So, Wednesday, I will finally have lessons.

And I need to work on Kreutzer. Schradieck is fine. I fixed all the left hand problems I was having. However, all the right hand/arm trouble I am having in kreutzer needs to be fixed, so I guess I will practice that slowly today.

Hopefully, I can go to Home Depot and buy my dad a late christmas gift: a chainsaw. Then, we'll get to go outside and cut some trees down.

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December 11, 2005 11:14

I haven't written in here in a long time.

I finished Mozart Violin Concerto No 3 two weeks ago. I still need to order to music for Haydn's Concerto No. 1 in C. I have lessons this coming wednesday. I need to work on my technical studies for that. I have Kreutzer No. 7 to work on (at the point and at the heel) and also Schradieck exercise IV.

I am about fed up with Schradieck. I don't understand why it is so difficult to stay in tune. I am not having the slightest problem with all of the bow crossings, but my left hand is messing everything up for me. So, I practiced slowly, focused on pitches, and now it sounds a lot better.

I haven't really work on kreutzer, except for earlier on in the week, when I practiced it slowly at the tip. This leaves speeding it up at the tip, and also starting slowly at the nut, and speeding that up.

I've worked on my bach (which is Minuet I from Partita No. 3 this week). I've cleaned up the pitches, but every once and awhile a sour note will slip while I play some of the doublestops and chords.

I have a gig at a church later on today at 6:00. I had rehersal yesterday from 1-3:00, and it is a very short program. I could sight read most of the music, except there was this one part where the music went up to a C in whatever position that is.

This job is much better than that last fiddling job I had. I hate fiddle music. I hate playing it and i hate listening to it.

I was playing at the Cobb County Civic Center along with a keyboard, drums, guitar, and bass for the play: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

I've never read the book, but I did read the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn last year, so I'm not exactly sure how accurate it was.

curse the open a-e double stop.

and slides too

Oh well, my practice break is over.

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