Category Lesson Notes

Tall fingers.  Vibrato.

In our lesson yesterday we worked on left hand positioning – it’s a common point of focus, but I worked specifically on keeping my fingers better facing the violin, which allows me to keep them tall.  An ever-so-slight rotation of the forearm/wrist from my habitual position seems to be in order.  Once my hand is […]

Equipment Testing

On Tuesday, Teacher brought a new violin to my lesson – a loaner she is trying out as she decides on a new one to buy.  She wants a violin she feels comfortable trotting around with to bars, where she plays with others sometimes – she’s into Irish fiddling.  She told me she’s trying out […]

Duet and Progress

The Bach Concerto for Two Violins is supposed to be a duet, so yesterday Teacher and I started on that part of the project.  We played through the first page or so twice, and I think it went well!    Playing duets with her is always fun, enabling me to appreciate my progress on the instrument […]

The Last Note

Book Four is a long haul.  In yesterday’s lesson, after we played through the final notes of the final bars of the final piece, Teacher rejoiced jubilantly – a slightly unexpected celebration for me, “You made it!”  She wrote the date in the book in the margins next to the last measure.  Sloughing through all […]

Bach, for Reals

As the pieces In the Suzuki Repertoire get longer and more complex, they take longer to work through.  My most recent piece, Karl Bohm’s Perpetual Motion from Little Suite No. 6, was an exception.  All the pieces that preceded it in Book Four took longer.  Still, I began the Perpetual Motion at the beginning of […]

Breaking 100

Perpetual Motions are all about speed.  My current Perpetual Motion, the second piece with this title that I’ve played, is the second to last piece in Suzuki Book 4.  The first was in Book 1, a very basic piece that I haven’t gone back to in a while. My focus of the moment is bringing […]

Perpetual Motion

On Tuesday, Teacher and I worked through the rest of my newest song, Perpetual Motion.  This timeline for getting through a new piece is the shortest I’ve managed in a long time, and certainly the quickest in all of Book Four.  That’s not to say the piece is without complexity – it includes fourth position, […]