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September 8, 2013

my head is exploding

My viola teacher is back from his summer job, and lessons started today. I thought I'd made a lot of headway this summer, and maybe I did, but it only seems to have uncovered lots more stuff I need to work on. One-octave scales and arpeggios on one string? Fine, you can shift and you know where the notes are, but now you gotta play them with a metronome. That dinky little vibrato with which you embellish every 10th or 11th note? Gotta use it way more often, like everywhere it belongs. You can sight-read 7 measures before falling completely off the horse? Try for eight. Oh, and play in tune. And set your bow before drawing a note. And think what it needs to sound like. And then do it.

My god, I have so much homework. But I think it will be good for me.

Posted by joe positive at September 8, 2013 6:59 PM

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