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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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4 Feb 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

If you’ve seen the film you know how it turns out.

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26 Jan 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

I’ve been poking around with some (Irish) fiddle music.

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21 Jan 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

One might even say I’ve heard every second of practice that I’ve done.

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14 Jan 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

I practiced some of my third position transitions and almost made this song sound half decent…

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14 Jan 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

Disney-songs practice is my steady run.

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Really Technical

Even Karin seemed impressed. I’d been in the basement playing the same six bars of music over and over and over and over for half an hour, and she peeked over my shoulder and said something like “wow, that is pretty technical, isn’t it?” I was practicing my song, Gavotte from “Mignon” by Thomas as played by this dude, who is not me, on YouTube. It’s my “Cold Winter” project: learn to play this two page technical beast. Lots of fancy little frills to make me a better player (not that it’s a particularly high bar at the moment) like switching between strings and staccato, trills, tenuto, and some pizzicato. I guess what I’d say: if you want to know what it’s like to learn the violin, watch the YouTube video from 0:09 seconds through 0:26 seconds over, and over, and over, about a hundred times, and then imagine that among those hundred times, imagine that it sounds good approximately once. Then repeat the next night, and the night after that and the night after that… and then realize that you love every minute of it.

11 Jan 02017 | asides & shorts | musician

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7 Jan 02017 | a few seconds of your time

I haven’t been to Florida in almost exactly three years, but I spent the morning thinking about there.

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About fifteen Christmas carols on a violin.
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28 Dec 02016 | a few seconds of your time

RIP Carrie Fisher :(

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Running. (revved back up in 2017!) Bowing. (some beautiful music!) Cooking. (in a new kitchen!)
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17 Dec 02016 | a few seconds of your time

A second holiday short for today…

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