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Fiddling around

Post Violin Lab Workshop for adults (or Violin Camp, as Mr. B. called it) I’m looking for a live teacher. And I may have found one.

I have gained enormously from seven months of subscribing to Beth Blackerby’s Violin Lab videos and I plan to continue them. And also Todd Ehle’s free videos on YouTube.

Todd really ought to charge money. He’s awful good. But he’s in Corpus Christi and Beth likely is busy. So I’m on the scout for someone else. And, tentatively, I have one in James Anderson, a versatile young violinist who taught an improvisation clinic at the camp.

I’ll know for sure in August. I’m  keeping the fingers on my bow hand crossed.

Violinlab’s workshop

My violin teacher is sponsoring a workshop this week which has brought adult beginners like me from, literally, around the world. Most them of showed up last night for a reception, with buffet, and an ensemble practice of the Pachelbel’s Canon for a concert on Thursday evening.

The folks who’ve been playing for more than my six months carried it off while us short-timers played the same four measures over and over, an accepted form of cheating dignified with a fancy Italian name: Ostinato. The Canadian woman beside me, who was trying to keep up with the whole piece, finally quit. “I’m lost,” she said. “That’s why we’re in the back,” I replied.

This morning we start beginner’s music theory, followed by more practice on various things, such as Ashokan Farewell and a cool Celtic number called Bonnie Doon. Only hassle is we have to start at 8 a.m. But that’s what happens when you have only four days. Last night was fun. The rest will be, too, I’m sure.