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April 5th, 2011

shadowspar: A viola on a purple flamed background, with the text "viola hero" (viola hero)
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 14:26

Huh, forgot to post this last week.

While I had the viola out of the case for a bit of screwing around, I got zero focussed practice last week on account of a meltdown at work and spending a bunch more time with the kids to take some of the stress of other events off of other family members.

Despite this lack of practice, my slurs have apparently improved, and my note reading & intonation on the G-string is not bad. Need more work on divvying up the bow for slurs, giving full bows for each un-slurred note, and keeping the bow from drifting up or down the strings.

I good news, I now have a key for my instructor's studio, so I can practice during the day at times when it's not being used for other lessons. Being able to duck out at lunchtime and break out the viola is something I'm really looking forward to. =D =D =D

shadowspar: A viola on a purple flamed background, with the text "viola hero" (viola hero)
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 14:38

Viola lesson == can haz! I wasn't sure for a while there -- yesterday we got a slushy mess of late winter precip, and I, while running out the door to work and carrying my viola, slipped and fell flat on my arse hard enough to shift the viola's bridge. Fortunately it was easily fixed by someone who actually knows what they're doing with a stringed instrument (unlike me).

So, now I've got enough instruction behind me to cover all of first position with the exception of the fourth finger. This gets me from C3 (the second space from the bottom in the bass clef) up to D5 (the second line from the top in the treble clef). Now it's just a question of practice, practice, practice so that my fingers can get used to finding all those notes.

Didn't get a chance to use the keys to Anya's studio last week on account of a dentist's appointment on Friday and knocking my viola out of tune on Monday. Hope to rectify that in the coming week.

Still need to keep working on slurs across strings. Still have a good deal of work to do with eliciting a consistent sound -- consistent bow speed, consistent bow pressure, keeping in the correct "lane" of the "Kreisler Highway". Still need to work on planning out the bow, though this is improving. =)

Practice, practice, practice.