Sunday, January 07, 2007
I'm getting close;
Fortunately, it seldom takes anywhere near this long to get to this point on a new piece.
I've been working on all the scales that I can reach. This past week, I started playing the second octave of the F-Major scale. It came surprisingly easily. I had expected to have to spend weeks working on the third position shifts, but the Countdown Etude my teacher started me on last summer has paid off. My first finger finds the D pretty easily, and my third and fourth fingers seem to fall right where they're supposed to. I've also been working on the third position on the g-string, because the LeClerc piece (I sure wish I knew its name) has a sequence of eighth-note slurred pairs running from Eb down to G.
At least for part of my practice sessions, I'm trying real hard to not obsess about intonation, trying instead to attend to the rhythms; but it's way too soon to see if it is doing any good.
Tomorrow we restart orchestra after three weeks off. We'll be doing a concert in May. That with my teacher's recital at the end of March will keep me busy. Yeah, lots to fret about.
Since I might be half of a viola/cello duet doing the LeClerc piece, I've been trying to transpose it for the viola. I'm using Finale PrintMusic (I broke down and bought it a few weeks ago, I wanted more flexibility than Finale's free Notepad). In the setup wizard, I selected viola as the first instrument, and it opened up with the
So how do people normally decide who does melody and who does harmony when they agree to do a duet? Also, is there some rule that says you have to stay in your part all the way through? Why couldn't the cello and viola switch parts - on the repeats, for example?
Cellodonna, if you haven't already downloaded it, you should consider trying out Notepad first (it's free). The PrintMusic version by Finale offers quite a bit more flexibility, but it still has a few limitations. I find that working with Notepad or PrintMusic helps me "get closer" to the music than simply playing it by reading it from the books.
Ed Asner interview mannana. Shw begins 3:45 yur time.
I have Finale SongWriter and it's just chock full-o-bugs. I finally learned how to avoid many of them by not trying certain things, but by now I've probably forgotten. I really regretted buying it. Dreadful quality product.
I haven't run into any bugs with PrintMusic (yet), although if you're not careful, there do seem to be some non-reversible options that make a lot of changes. I have to add, too, that I find their help function somewhat lacking.
Still, like all programs, the more I use it, the easier it gets.
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