It’s just a little smilePosted: March 29, 2011
Remember when you were at a high school dance and the dorky, balding cameraman said, “OK, pretend like you like each other…” right before he snapped the picture? That’s a bit like how I feel about the violin. You see, I do genuinely enjoy playing the violin, but so often as I look over my past videos, I notice an expression suggesting I’ve just smelled something awful. You know the one:
One video, though, the one when I played variation 2 without the grace notes, I looked pretty happy. There was this little smile on my face that just didn’t go away:
I don’t exactly know where that came from, but it almost seems like I’m having fun. Oftentimes I’ll smile after I play, but there are few that have me smile while playing. Lately, I’ve tried to manufacture a smile while playing. Here’s an attempt from this morning when I played those extra 3 measures from the Kreutzer like I promised (although I don’t try to play all 11):
When I look at the camera while playing it’s because I play the same passage twice and I should have moved on. So let’s drop the smile and get down to business:
Certainly not perfect, but I’ll take it. A couple of those shifts were pretty clean, so I’m happy about that. Also, the beginning is a little rough, but I seem to clean it up as I go on, which is good.
But no smile. Oh well. Maybe it’ll return soon.