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Folks who know me probably don’t consider me much of an instrumentalist, but I can read music, play the saxophone and, as of 2016, I’m starting to learn the violin.

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17 Jun 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

I’m taking it as a compliment.

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14 Jun 02017 | 4 minutes of your time

I made a good decision in buying myself a violin last September.

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9 Jun 02017 | 3 minutes of your time

I’ve been feeling more and more comfortable telling people that I play this beast.

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Performance Ready (Almost)

I’s usually pretty tough to objectively judge the quality of one’s own playing, but it’s a good sign that while at my lesson after playing through one of my practice pieces, one that I’ve been working on for about a month now, Minuet 3 by Bach in fact, my instructor suggested we (finally) move onto another piece because that one is (apart from noting a few string bumps and scratches) pretty much “performance ready.” I’m not sure I’m performance ready, but I guess that’s a sign of progress, right?

12 May 02017 | asides & shorts | musician

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28 Apr 02017 | 3 minutes of your time

Not that I need anymore sheet music, but…

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Even Split

Did I mention that I’m keeping track of my practice? Ridiculous track. Obsessive track. I’m treating my violining like I treat my running. Log everything. Track everything. Math it up in ways never before seen in the history of mathing things. (Well, maybe not that nuts.) So, I just thought I’d make a note about some random stat. It’s truly meaningless for anyone but me, but it is an odd sort of confluence of numbers. As of today, I have logged exactly 140 hours and 20 minutes of violin practice since starting in September: 70 hours and 10 minutes of that was in 2016, and 70 hours and 10 minutes of that was in 2017. Even split. See… I warned you it was pretty meaningless.

28 Apr 02017 | asides & shorts | musician
Spring Progress?
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Spring Progress?
21 Apr 02017
I figured it might be worthwhile to upload something.

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13 Apr 02017 | 4 minutes of your time

It seemed like a virtual information oasis in a vast desert of trying to learn.

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Summer Versus Violin

I’m not sure if my lessons stop when the summer rolls round. (You’d think I’d ask someone about that important little scheduling point.) But if they do, it’s probably a good thing. Not that I want to cut out my practice when the weather turns more hospitable to evenings outside, but I can already see that hiding in the basement playing mediocre fiddle tunes is going have some stiff competition from bike rides and long runs and mowing the grass and walks in the wilderness. Either that or I’ll need to find a way to combine the two: sit on the front porch a play some Bach for the neighbours? That might be interesting.

11 Apr 02017 | asides & shorts | musician

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4 Apr 02017 | 3 minutes of your time

200 days doesn’t seem like a phenomenally long time to do anything, let alone to learn a musical instrument…

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