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.