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Mouse’s Viola and Cello Blog
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December 15, 2022 - 7:25 am
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Wow, it has been a while. Update time. (This from Dec 14)

I am still working on my cello playing. It occurred to me, when doing the latest Fiddlerman Group Project, that I rarely use the C string and have a really difficult time with it, I changed my plan for learning cello to deal with this. Hence, I had an extremely hard time with this year's group project.

I started back with book 1 yesterday. Book 1 I use rarely uses the C string. I am playing the songs as written and for those that I can, I move them down so the C string is the lowest string being played. I got a lot of C string playing practice yesterday. It was great. I will continue doing this.

I do not know why the C string treated like it is a mystery or not part if the cello. It is pretty much ignored in book 1, at least the series I am using. It makes me think it is hard, and that causes me to be very hesitant to use it, like I am not ready. 

I am still working on my viola and violin, also. I have improved on both. I have not improved my vibrato on either. Vibrato on my cello is much easier to learn and control, still in the learning stage, though. I think it is the way the instrument is held. With the cello, it is very stable. With the viola and violin, it is. balancing act on my shoulder, making vibrato very difficult for me. It may very well be, I don't have my set up right, I don't know, It is comfortable, but a balancing act for vibrato, shifting, too actually. But, I will persist.

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December 15, 2022 - 7:26 am
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Today I continued redoing the Book one and using the C string more, even my moving the notes down to where I am using the C string on song that usually do not go that low. 

I also am still doing the Wexford Carol. There are many things to learn from it. I have issues keeping the count 1 2 3 and not changing somewhere along to line to 1 2 3 4 . I am getting better at that now. I am also finding the C sting is becoming more of a friend. It is used a lot in the Wexford Carol cello part. 

I also played my viola yesterday. It went very well. 

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December 29, 2022 - 1:15 pm
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I have been busy with the holidays. 

I did manage to do the cello part for Wexford Carol. Yippee!

I did my viola today. It was weird. I picked it up and was so relaxed with it today. I played it the best I ever did. I am not sure it is a done deal, it just seemed to be easy today. Maybe I was not thunking a whole lot about it? 

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