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.