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JohnG
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January 2, 2022 - 11:44 am
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Enjoyment and benefitting are always welcome!

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January 2, 2022 - 1:26 pm
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You have that right. I am anxiously awaiting to get my new chinrest for my viola. I hope it works. I want to experiment with WTW’s post about the C and G strings. They are similar to issues with the cello, and I replied as such. 

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January 2, 2022 - 1:34 pm
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Ms Blog,

This is so strange, I feel more enthusiastic to play my viola and cello with this forum being more active. I feel like it is geared more to what I need for assistance. It is very strange. It seems to encourage me to play more, even though it is not completely updated and there are not a ton of members, yet. Very strange. 

I need a time when I can sit at the computer so I can fix the resource section and add the other forum groups, then move the older posts to their new homes. Right now, I won’t have enough time to finish a section I start. The computer is being used too much by someone else, so I will wait.

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January 3, 2022 - 10:42 pm
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Ms Blog

I was able to do my cello today. I did the songs and also did the four lessons in the Cassia Harvey 4th position. The 4 lessons went a lot smoother. I am feeling more confident. I think my intonation is improving. I am also trying not to look at my left hand as much.

I received my new viola chinrest later this afternoon. In using it a little bit today, so far I like it, but I didn’t use it long enough to make a decision.

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January 5, 2022 - 11:41 am
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Ms Blog,

Yesterday, I did my cello in the morning, and m still quite pleased.

I did my viola with the new chinrest in the afternoon. So far the verdict is that I like the new setup. I really have not used it enough to really make a final decision, yet, but so far, thumbs up.

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January 5, 2022 - 12:11 pm
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Which chin rest is it that you are now using? Glad the cello seems to coming on so well!

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January 5, 2022 - 1:39 pm
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@JohnG It is the Holstein Freedom Violin Chinrest. I purchased a set of barrels so it will fit my viola.

https://fiddlershop.com/produc.....m-chinrest

I am surprised. I thought it would be like a Guarneri and I hate Guarneri chinrests. 

It is not. It is very lightweight. My viola really projects a lot more now because there isn't much to the chinrest. I never believed chinrests made that much difference in sound. Mayne it is because this one is truly slim-lined. 

I am going to review it on Fiddlershop after I have used it a little while longer.

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January 5, 2022 - 5:02 pm
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Looks pretty nice! What are the barrels you mentioned. The tubes that the mounting brackets screw into?

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January 5, 2022 - 5:08 pm
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Yes, they are the fat screw tubes the screws go into. It has the holes the chinrest keys go in to to adjust it. These a longer so the the viola will get hight enough to fit over the edge, top to back, of the viola.

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January 7, 2022 - 7:34 am
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Well, yesterday I did not play much. I did my viola a little to give the chunrest another go. 

I received the Cassia Harvey Fourth Position Study Method For Cello, and the Cassia Harvey Third Position for the Cello, Book One books that I ordered. I was looking the study guide for 4th position book. I am very pleased. It breaks it down and gives you more pieces that use 4th position. Very good purchases. The Third Position book is the same format as the Fourth Position book. 

If, in using the study book for 4th position, I find it is as useful as it appears, I will order the study method book, if there is one for third position. 

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January 9, 2022 - 2:12 pm
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Ms Blog,

this morning I practiced my cello. I am using the two Cassia Harvey books I have for fourth position. I love them. I have the same set of books for third position. 

After practicing the cello, I played the cello. I changed some fingering in songs I play to use some 4th positions and eliminate a couple open strings where I wanted to add vibrato. 

I then played my violas and violins.

Fun day.

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January 17, 2022 - 10:09 am
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Ms Blog,

I have had a very sore right shoulder/upper area the last few days. I tried playing just bow, but I can't do the bowing. I did, however, practice the shifting without bowing for a while.

Maybe, it will be better in a few days. I will have to take it easy and let it rest for a few days. Bummer.

If I make a card, I will have to use my electric Gemini so I don't have to hand crank. I will have to remember to do that because the hand cranked Spellbinder is easier to feed the paper and dies through, plus, I like cranking it. I am glad I got the two cards for my grandkiddies done and mailed before the upper arm/shoulder got sore.

Maybe, I will just do the left hand shifting movements again later today.

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