And that’s thatPosted: May 23, 2011
So I graduated today. Well, I technically didn’t graduate; I technically participated in the commencement ceremony, but that’s that as far as my masters experience goes. What’s next? Hopefully I’ll find a college teaching position or two in this horribly depressed economy. In the meantime, I have to hit the practice room.
Danielle has been stressing a couple of things lately. 1) Hover that pinkie. Remember that curled up position my pinkie made?
It’s still hanging around, and Danielle’s sick of it! Whenever I play anything now I think about that darn pinkie and in a way it makes things easier, but mostly it makes my life miserable.
The second, and perhaps more important and reaching change, is to how I practice. Much more metronome. I have been using the metronome, but with the violin screaming in my ear, it’s sometimes difficult to hear. Someone on here recommended the body beat, so I tried it. This device doesn’t make a sound like a normal metronome, but instead has this clip that vibrates to the beat. I clip it to my right side collar and it feels like my heart is beating to the proper rhythm. It feels a little like I’m a cardio patient, but as far as being an awesome metronome, I love it – much easier to follow along than a clicking metronome.
So here’s a quick video of the opening to variation 2:
Yeah, I mess up a little bit there, but the reason I’m happy with this video is mostly how I felt while playing. When I first started with this variation, for some reason I had a ton of trouble with the scale part. I think all these scales have actually helped (duh). It won’t be long before I post this entire variation (maybe even with the grace notes).
Oh, and if you notice in the video, my hair’s a little messed up because of that funny little square graduation hat I was wearing all morning.