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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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February 20, 2022 - 4:56 pm
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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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May 28, 2022 - 10:54 pm
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I am back, again. I did my viola, cello and violin today. If Monday is good weather, I plan to go outside onto my front porch with either my viola or violin and do the 3pm TAPs. I was practicing on all 3  instruments, and I also did the pieces I am using to learn with.

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June 2, 2022 - 12:35 pm
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I will be playing my cello later today. I played my violin yesterday. For some reason, I always think it is more comfortable doing the cello. I feel like a contortionist when doing my viola and violin 🙂 .

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June 13, 2022 - 3:25 pm
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I will be picking up my cello soon. Yippee! I have been doing my violin all week while my cello has been getting a checkup.

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June 20, 2022 - 3:22 pm
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So, it has been a week. I have been updating the challenge. On Violaman's sister site, Fiddlerman, I found Fiddlerman's 35 Day Challenge and have been doing that with my violin and added my cello. 

It is going well.

My violin seems to be improving. Since it needs a lot, that is not saying it is "good playing", it is improved.

My cello is doing well. I am finding the new strings working for me much better. I think this set needed a longer breaking in period than the green label Evahs needed. The green label Evahs seemed to be set at the get go.

The new strings that we put on my cello when it got its checkup, had a long break in period, and were very difficult to play. It is getting better, as mentioned above. I was thinking that maybe they required a bowing skill above what I am able to do ... at the moment.

What does all of this mean? I am enjoying my instruments more. I can feel like I am actually getting somewhere. Does this mean I won't go back to feeling that is is not working for me? Nah. I tend to get that defeated feeling quite easily. I think it is because I feel like I am racing the clock. How much longer will my joints allow me to do this?

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June 30, 2022 - 4:35 pm
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I have been busy doing a 35 day challenge for cello and have not been able to add to this in a while. The 35 day challenge seems to help. It also seems to provide a lot of motivation.

Mikey G got a check,up,and the new strings, not so fond of. I am still having trouble with them. I might have to swap them out for my green label Evahs that Mikey G seems to favor. 

My viola playing is much improved. I feel like the playing is improving every time I play. I do have a weak bow when playing above or below the middle section. I will have to find information on it and address that issue.

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I have not been able to do much worh my challenge. We have things moved around in the house, temporarily. I lost my cello space for a little bit. It is calling to me. More like yelling.

On an up note, I have played my viola more and it is getting better. A viola does not need nearly s much space as my cello to play in. 🙂

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That's good news !

Your cello needs to learn patience… and not to be jealous of your viola.

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July 13, 2022 - 9:45 am
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Yes, @wtw, my cello needs to learn patience. It must have some patience. It has put up with me for a few years. It could have pulled out its peg leg and hobbled out. But, no, it sits proudly on its stand and lets me lightly brush it strings with my finger tips as I walk by. Good ol' Mikey G.

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July 27, 2022 - 11:23 am
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I started a topic in the Learning Cello section. I am doing a 35 day challenge to help improve my cello intonation. Most updates will be there for a while. Here is a link to that topic:

I Am Doing a 35 Day Challenge on  My Cello

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