24 4 / 2012
Last night, I read the script for one of the plays that I’ll be doing this summer, and it says that one of the characters that I play breaks out a fiddle and starts playing.
I’ve had my violin for 4.5 years and have only “fiddled around” with it probably a grand total of 15 times. Today, I put in some real practice time with scales and exercises. I took string pedagogy in undergrad. So, I know how to teach myself violin. Now, I just need to see if I can get good enough to perform with it on stage in the next month-and-a-half.
I made some really good progress today. So, I have a really good feeling that, if I keep up the practice at least 5 days a week, a couple hours a day, I’ll be just fine by the time the play rolls around.
It’s nice to have an excuse to really put in the time on this instrument. My main instrument in string pedagogy was cello. So, I’m going over familiar territory. I’ve got some good muscle burn going on in different places along my hand, arm, shoulder, neck, and back. So, I know I’m putting in the effort.
This also means that the violin will make an appearance on my next album, which I’m really excited about.
12 8 / 2011
I realized that if you actually tag relevant things in your posts, people who don’t follow you will realize that your blog exists, or at least that that post exists.
I’ve been super lazy about tagging stuff (i.e. haven’t been doing it). I’ve usually been linking stuff in my posts, but not tagging. (Though, I’ve been fairly good about it when it comes to my work Tumblr for Rocky Top Playhouse.)
I think I’m actually going to make an effort to tag stuff from now on.
This is all coming about because I’ve been really motivated recently to get some projects done, to organize my wobbly life, to make concerted efforts in specific directions. I cleaned my room and bathroom today, washed and folded my clothes, made my bed for the first time in 5 months, plotted a few pages for the Activity Coloring Book that should have been finished by now, did some grocery shopping, and even made my lunch for tomorrow. I’m making steps in the right directions.
Now, if only I could force myself to go to bed before 6am…