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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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14 Aug 02017 | 3 minutes of your time

I’ve been playing, and playing with a kind of deliberate effort to refine specifics.

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17 Jul 02017 | 3 minutes of your time

…for three nights we welcomed the sunset with some jams around the campfire.

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11 Jul 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

One of the other noob violists was explaining how s/he had drawn up some practice cards.

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1 Jul 02017 | a few seconds of your time

No recordings in a while as I’ve actually been focusing on –*gasp*– technique, but I thought the one-hundred …

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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


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

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