Thursday, September 13, 2007
What an off week this has been...
Has anyone else experienced this kind of unexpected result with their wolf eliminators? Any suggestions?
All week, I've struggled with fingering - not intonation, but making my fingers play whichever notes I want them to. My eye-mind/finger coordination is out of calibration, somehow.
At Monday's orchestra rehearsal, it wasn't any better, but I muddled through. Wednesday, our cello trio met to rehearse and it was really tough. Today's practice session was so frustrating, I just quit early.
Of course all this frustration makes that little devil on my left shoulder chuckle: "I told you it was too late to start playing..." "What made you think you could learn to play an instrument..." - the usual blather that bubbles up from my bottomless vat of insecurities on dreary rainy days like today.
I'll climb out of this...
Meanwhile, here's the cat showing off his snowshoes:
Sometimes I wonder if I will every really be a "cellist," but for me (and I am older than you are!), the journey toward being a cellist is worth the effort, and I think it is for you too. Enjoy the little accomplishments and the satisfaction of, even occasionally, producing those glorious cello sounds.
As for the wolf, I would check with my teacher or string shop. It could be the change of season that is causing the changes.
And never ever say you are too old for anything!
* it's cheap
* you can adjust the weight easily by adding or subtracting the amount you stick on
* you don't get the "rattle" from the eliminator
* it's dead easy to adjust up and down and move
* if you have a sympathetic wolf note (I have one on my G string, and occasionally an echo on my D string) you just grab another piece!
Hope it works for you!
Here's hoping you and your pack of wolves find some peace & harmony this week.
Those are some impressive snowshoes! Your cat must have to shake those feet pretty hard when walking around in the snow!
Have you read John Holt's book - never too late - I'm guessing you probably have -I'm mid read at the moment! It's just lovely about his musical and cello journey. I'd read his books about childrens education etc! Very interesting !
My cello and I are doing better, now. We just kept at it, and eventually got past whatever was blocking us. Thanks for all the support and encouragement.
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