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April 12th, 2011

shadowspar: A viola on a purple flamed background, with the text "viola hero" (viola hero)
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 14:06

Geez I suck.

No, not really. However, I do need some more focused practice time...time to start a piece and work all the way through it and get everything right, by knocking it off in stages: right notes & intonation, right rhythm, right bowing.

What else...been learning treble/bass clefs on my own. Viola first position actually sections things up fairly nicely, with the top two strings (D/A) divvying up the treble clef, the bottom string (C) mostly filling the bass, and notes from the second lowest string (G) landing more or less in the middle. Finally figured out that line notes have an odd number of fingers and space notes have an even number; can't believe that took me so long. Played the head of the jazz tune "C Jam Blues" out of the Real Book on Sunday, which is kind of neat but not a huge musical accomplishment -- there's almost nothing to it; it's even simpler than "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".

Next week: Camptown Races, in concert!

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