Monthly Archives: November 2015

Cheating E Flat Major

Ever since posting a memorial to my friend that included the song “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables I have been stuck with it coursing through my head.  It’s a beautiful song, so yesterday I decided to see if I could play it.  I looked up music online and l found some potential vendors, […]

Growing into Hunter’s Chorus

As a rule, I don’t play all my old songs anymore.  Nowadays all I’ve kept in the rotation from Book One are the Bach minuets for warming up G Major (one of the three is a Leopold minuet but The Suzuki School has never noticed).  From Book Two, I’ve held on to the final two […]

On Gratitude for My Bounty

I’m a day late with this decidedly non-musical Thanksgiving post – I wrote it yesterday morning but it ended up feeling a little curmudgeonly for T-Day proper.  Perhaps it’s even more relevant on Black Friday, consumerism’s own Grand Hajj.  Michael and I had a lovely Thanksgiving, and I hope you did too! Over the past few years, the […]

Vibrato Report

I’m working on vibrato.  It’s challenging, and I’ve developed some questions that I need to consult with Teacher on, which is to be expected whenever I try new things on the violin. One of my main questions is when I should turn it on and off.  Eventually it will be on all the time, on […]

My Groupie

Can you have just one Groupie?  I think I might.  Last night on my way into the building the lone female on our maintenance staff in the building was stationed at the front door.  We’re quite friendly, often chatting in the laundry room and in passing all over the building – the building front door […]


Another lesson, another milestone – well, it is to me, anyway.  She’s been teasing me with it for a while, but yesterday we spent most of the lesson on introducing me to some techniques for producing vibrato on the violin.  On one hand I’ve been itching to get going on it, but on the other […]

“She Played a Scale.”

My wonderfully musical sister sent me to a blog post on Saturday called Why I’d Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales If I Could Do It All Over Again.  In it, music performance psychologist Noa Kageyama discusses scales as the quintessential practice tool.  To sum up his thoughts, scales provide a structure within which […]