Wednesday, February 07, 2007
A few things
Then one of the second violins quietly commented to my stand partner that she was playing sharp and needed to move her left hand upwards a bit on the fingerboard. After that it went well, and we sounded pretty good together. How strange, though, that I was convinced it was me (ah, that wretched inner critic)! Why couldn't I hear my own playing as OK and my stand partner's as being sharp?
A few weeks ago I ordered the whoopee cushion (er, exercise cushion ) that Gottagopractice had described. I had to inflate it more to give me the added height I need, but it works great. So, I asked Y if she had a spare cloth bag I could carry it in for lessons and rehearsals. Three days later, here's what I got back:
The cushion is inside the bag, behind a flap, so it won't fall out. One side of the bag has a rubberized covering so it won't slip on the chair. There's a deep pocket for my music, and there's a smaller outside pocket. I can carry everything I need for a lesson or orchestra in it and then just set the bag rubberized side down on any chair to play. It adds about 4 inches to my seated height. Now I don't have to hassle with that folding stool when I go out for lessons or rehearsals! (Also, now I won't have to deal with comments about whoopee cushions...)
Tonight I'm off to see a concert by noted Anchorage violinist Paul Rosenthal, with cellist Armen Ksajikian and pianist Doris Stevenson. Each year Rosenthal presents a winter concert with some musicians from the Sitka Summer Music Festival. A great way to brighten up a dull February. I'm thinking about "persuading" Z to come with me. He won't go if I don't pressure him a bit, although he always seems to enjoy them when I do get him to come.
I've added a few more blogging cellists to my sidebar (15 People and Cello Centered) which I found from Gottagopractice's reader. For clarity, I included my blog in the list. Now there are 49 of us.