Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Even as we work our way through these new pieces measure-by-measure we are able to hear each others' parts right away, making it easier to guide ourselves through the tricky parts. Memory should be ready sooner - maybe for our summer noontime concert.
In the middle of one of these pieces, all of a sudden Cello1's A-string started buzzing in a strange way - whenever she bowed an open A there was a chirping sound (a few octaves higher - but still an A). We isolated it to the area around the fine-tuner. I suspect the string itself - it's quite old and some of the wrapping around the string at the ball-end was loose. A new string would probably solve it, along with some attention to the fine-tuner when it's changed out. It was odd, though, about that chirping being a harmonic of A...
Next week we'll meet again with our coach.
I'm guessing that chirping sound was made by this little nub of wire. Still, it's interesting that it only vibrated on the open A. However, I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't degrade - even fall apart fairly quickly.
Looks like Cello1 needs a new A string.
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