Category Preliminaries

Simple Gifts

I put a few items on an online wish list at Christmas time – one of them was a practice mute.  The list paid off in spades, and, much to my delight, I came home from Wichita with the thing.  It works quite well; I had my first full practice session with it yesterday.  It’s […]

Musical Me: An Anniversary

One year ago today I started Musical Me. It was a Monday, a normal day off for me, and I remember sitting on the couch pining over the loss of our cat Mischka, which had occurred just over a week before.  I was also bored, and trying to come up with something to write about.  […]

Are You Kidding Me with This?

In Musette, the final note is a D, which I’ve typically been playing on the A string because, well, that’s what the music would seem to indicate and that’s all I’ve known how to do.  I was thrown for a wonderful loop during my lesson yesterday when, the second time playing through the piece, Teacher […]

A Debutante at 100

This is my 100th post on Musical Me, happening on the five month anniversary of the blog’s creation.  To mark the moment, I’ve finally decided to come out about this project, so welcome to you! I do not blog about blogging – this is a first.  But on the occasion of my 100th post, retrospection […]

The New Case

As I noted when it first arrived, I have needed a new case since my father-in-law shipped me my violin.  I did a lot of searching and finally found one I liked, but it was on backorder, so it has taken a while for it to come.  I didn’t need a particularly high-end super impact-resistant, […]

Returning the Rental

It’s time to turn my rental violin back into the shop.  I feel like I barely got to know it – I’ve been practicing on my new instrument for almost a month, so it was really only the first two months of coming back to the violin during which I played the rental.  I thought […]

Ode to Joy

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is my favorite.  I’ve loved it since I was a child – pieces of the fourth movement were printed in our church hymnal under the title “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.”  I have loved it on telecasts for the Olympics over the years, where it now helps Visa pay the bills.  I […]