Serendipity. What an inspiring place to make a recording, and to be reminded that while creating a recording is not the same as performing, in many ways we really should approach it like a performance. My favourite recordings all pre-date technological advances for the type of hyper-editing we’ve grown used to in professional recordings. All of my favourite recordings are imperfect — full of out of tune notes, sound cracks, messy bow changes, not “playing together,” etc. You know what else they are full of? Heart & soul. Vivid imagination. Rich colour worlds. Recordings these days are like models on magazine covers: they hold us to this impossible standard at which no person can possibly meet — including the one featured. That’s not what even they truly look (or in our case, sound) like. And the expense is the humanity... sure, I’m in awe of how impeccably in tune some recordings are, or how every note is consistently drawn with a perfect sound, among a myriad of other things. Maybe this is just a me problem, but I lose the emotional tug at my heartstrings on recordings that I get in performances, and I don’t think it’s because I can’t see the performer or feel their energy. I can feel Heifetz’s energy through my headphones. I can hear the Guarneri Quartet’s heart & soul through the speakers. It’s because these days, we value perfection over humanity, and by doctoring in the perfect G in the middle of the phrase, or cleaning up the “noise” in a heated moment, we interrupt the real art that’s being made. The auditory photoshopping we demand to reach the level of perfection we expect comes at a cost. It is amazing what we can do with technology these days, but I’m torn over whether or not it’s a good thing for music. Today, we tried to take as many full takes as possible, of course always striving for perfection, but also trying to respect the feeling of the music above all, and ultimately create a work of (he)art. Searching for sounds of meaning that hopefully, through a lot of hard work, are close to perfectly in tune with a beautiful sound, but accepting small discrepancies and imperfections if the take was full of character, sincerity, conviction...
Popcorn has a new toy🙌 I've seen these on other cat videos but now she finally has her own😸 she's played with it last month but had to get a new arm piece for it & fresh batteries. It's the only cat toy that keeps her consistently interested & moving so I'm happy with it (and was very affordable). There was a cat running wheel that was recommended for exercise and looked really nice but I havnt been able to check on that price yet bit that may be next on the list 😺
ポップコーンちゃんに新しいおもちゃを買いました🙌 インスタの動画で始めて見て、「良いアイデアだな」と思いました。なかなか見つからなかったけどやっと手に入りました😸 木が無くなってからポップコーンはあまり運動しなくなり、雪もあまり好きじゃない猫さんは少し丸くなってしまいました😻 もっと運動をさせたかったのでこの製品に満足してます✌ (思ったより安かったので助かりました)
Just got back from an evening of making music with @bardcraftco and I am obsessed with this variation for Craig’s pipes I learned from her. (Full of ornaments!!) Couldn’t help playing it one more time just before going to bed - just to make sure I remember it. #100daysofpractice day 13
@chloetrevor_violin: missing performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto!
Which piece that you performed years ago wish you could play again?
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Day 96: It’s probably been 6 years since I last attempted to learn a brand new Paganini caprice so this is a big step for me! Obviously a ton of things to work on but I’m happy to be starting to figure it out in my hands and be playing something other than excerpts! 😂😂😂 #100daysofpractice#paganini#caprice
Day 5 of 100! Third movement of Wieniawski is no joke. I'm obviously in need of more metronome work and my sautillé game, which normally I'm pretty proud of, wasn't exactly on point today. This week has been a weird practicing week....I've just felt lazy, worn out (almost as worn out as my poor music looks) and just not myself. Luckily I know every musician goes through this and luckily these phases are never long for me😊
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Here's an 4 note enclosure pattern I'm working on- scale tone above, chord tone, half step below, chord tone. I outline an AbM7 chord on the way up and Abm7 on the way down in the full range of first position. It's great practice to go through all the keys, I then go a perfect 4th away to Db and continue. #violinist#electricviolin#music#practice#teacher#daddario#daddarioorchestral#vector#ironhorseinstruments#btspickups
About to share some videoed progress with you guys, soon! These exercises have seen a lot of detail work on my body posture, violin hold, bow hold, bow action, left hand posture, pitch accuracy (of course), and even vibrato! I've been taking it slow and really isolating tuning on each shift interval.
I look at pictures of pages from the Suzuki method and the like, and I am amazed that anyone could jump so haphazardly into using multiple fingers so soon. There is so much to be wanted for in neglecting isolating the geneses of the various positions before adding the complexities of various other fingers. I am convinced standard pedagogy is to blame in student violinists struggling with tuning, accurately embedding correct muscle memory, repeating patterns exactly the same each time, and developing terrible tensions in bowing and fingering.
Establishing an accurate first finger first across the fingerboard also has allowed me to really focus on my bowing and posture, all while still expanding range, functionality, and accuracy across a growing range of fingering options. I will probably devise and learn one other exercise set with the first finger in fifty position before finally adding the second finger in the 1st position. But we are getting closer every day!