Saturday, December 09, 2006
"For The Love Of It"
Much as my parents lived to play bridge and spent as many as three nights a week playing with various bridge clubs, Booth and his violinist wife play in numerous quartets and chamber music weekends. He says his love of music is best fulfilled when sharing the experience with others like himself. He compares learning the cello to climbing a mountain with no summit, if you're lucky you'll find an occasional plateau where you can rest and enjoy the view, but then you continue the climb. Although he relates some of his anxieties, frustrations, and feelings of inadequacy, more importantly he describes the soaring euphoria when it all does comes together.
I am just starting to understand what Booth says about playing with others. Although at our weekly orchestra rehearsals I am usually so intent on not screwing up my part, lately I've begun to "hear" and enjoy the music itself, as we are all playing it, together.
I've been focusing on our recital piece with just six days left to perfect it. I still don't have it right yet, but I am getting closer. This week I will try to play against the RealAudio download, although it's at a faster tempo than we've been rehearsing. I've really been working on counting. The other day, I realized that I was even counting it out on my treadmill - and it helped a lot. I've largely neglected my Suzuki pieces (not completely, though). I haven't worked much on the newest pieces. Cellos2Go sent a newer, heavier New Harmony Wolf Eliminator, which seemed to take care of the "booming" tone that I'd been hearing on my open d-string.
Ellen G, called yesterday to tell me that my new Yamaha SVC200 Silent Electric Cello is in, and she's shipping it on Monday!
GTGP, I like that feature in the Windows Media Player, (although it doesn't work with CDs), but Real Audio doesn't offer it (at least in the version I have). Now if I could just figure out how to record that RealAudio clip and then play it back with Media Player....?
BTW, this also works for streaming video and radio, etc.
Thanks GTGP! I am indebted...
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