Tuesday, October 06, 2009
More Socks & Fiddle
Gary's second pair of hiking socks fit better than the first, although he's still concerned that the tops may be too loose. We won't know for sure until he takes them out on the trail, though.
Meanwhile, I had my third fiddle lesson today and actually learned a tune: "Mary Had a Little Lamb." The fingering would be easy, if getting my fingers where Charlene wants them didn't make me feel like my arm's being twisted out of its socket. If my left hand's doing what it should, my bow hold inevitably disintegrates, and when the bow hold's okay, the left hand's out of position, or I'm moving my shoulders too much, or my bow isn't straight. Plus my tone's cruddy, although I trust that will improve with practice.
I've ordered a metronome, which should arrive from Amazon on Thursday. Charlene wanted me to get one, because she says I'm trying to play faster than my brain can think. My homework's to start playing with the metronome at 70 bpm, and gradually get faster until I reach 100 bpm, maintaining good tone along the way. This may take a while!
Does anybody have any tips on how I can get my left hand into position without feeling like I'm trying to become Gumby?