I’ve given myself one year to master the violin.

As an adult beginner, I should be playing Twinkle Twinkle; instead, I'm playing Paganini's 24th caprice.

It’s just a little smile

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.

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One Comment on “It’s just a little smile”

  1. JRV says:

    Hey — What’s a smile — or a grimace — between friends? Good job regardless —


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