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Mouse’s Viola and Cello Blog
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February 16, 2022 - 3:49 pm
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My viola went much better this morning. Still needs a ton of work, but much better than when I played on Monday.

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February 18, 2022 - 7:32 pm
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Tomorrow will be a viola and cello day. Most likely viola will be first. 

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February 20, 2022 - 1:37 pm
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I played my viola for about 30 minutes. I actually did 15 minutes on my Fiddlerman and another 15 minutes on my other viola. Wasn't too bad. I really don't have very good finger placement memory, so I might have to add tapes back on. This is for my pleasure and tapes do not bother me. I don't enjoy sliding around to try to find a note. I can't really learn that way.

Yes, I just heard all the screeching tires stopping, or squeaking bows as they go crazy on the strings upon reading this statement. ?????? But, I need to enjoy myself, and not be concerned about what others think of taping. I am not playing in front of an audience, I am playing for the enjoyment of one, Mouse. I do understand why those with the hopes of ever becoming proficient, and/or playing in front of others are so anti-tapes, but I am not in that group. Plus, we each learn in our own way. 

Hmmm, maybe I am a rebel MOUSE! 

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Danger Mouse approves!

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February 20, 2022 - 6:38 pm
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@JohnG Love it.

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February 21, 2022 - 1:14 pm
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Ms Blog,

This morning I did my viola. It is odd that playing the 15 1/2" viola is making it easier to play the 15 3/4" viola. I know there is only a 1/4" difference, but that extra stretch is massive for me. The more I play the 15 1/2", the easier the 15 3/4" is to play. It is just the way it is?

I also just finished doing my cello. I have changed up the lesson songs. I am moving away from Cassia Harvey for a little while. I am taking what I learned from her for the fourth position on cello and applying it to my current pieces I know. In that line, I have applied it to What a Wonderful World, the Berceuse that I added. 

I also find that the bow I use will give a different tone or mood to what I am playing.

I have a fairly new cello bow and an older cello bow. Not so old that it is an antique, but it is not a new one. They are both the same weight. They are both pernambuco. The older bow gives a sweet sound, whereas the newer bow is bolder. What a Wonderful World is best played with the older bow. I am still working on Berceuse, so I use the newer bolder bow, for now, but I think it will be better with the sweeter sounding older bow.

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March 5, 2022 - 8:12 am
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It has been too long since my last visit. 

I am doing well on my cello and viola. That is not to say I am any good, I am making progress. I think what I am doing is working. I think it will be a little while before I advance further into my Cassia Harvey book. I want to get what I have learned up to now natural, first. 

I am studying the Berceuse and the Bourrée. I play songs that I know at the end, to unwind and remind myself that I will get to a point where I can actually play a piece. 

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April 11, 2022 - 4:10 pm
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I was able to get some cello time in this morning. I am going to do some cello and viola tomorrow.

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May 13, 2022 - 12:39 pm
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Still working on my cello and viola. I am trying to pay more attention to my bowing so I can get a better sound and then move on from there.

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May 14, 2022 - 3:07 pm
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Had to put my playing off for a few days. Will be back as soon as I can. I can het caught up with other things while I wait to be able to do it again. 

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May 21, 2022 - 8:47 am
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I have been working on my bowing and intonation before moving on to more complicated sheet music. I have also been playing with different speeds of vibrato.

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