I left home about 11-12am for my 3pm flight getting a lift from my dad.
It was a little confusing finding the checkin counter as the Japan airlines flight number wasn’t displayed but apparently was actually operated by Qantas airlines. It took quite a while to progress through the queue to check in my baggage.
After checking in, I said… Continue reading
I did an online violin jam session with other beginner violinists around the world (mainly the US) on Saturday night. We used Google Hangouts (part of Google+) and it was suprisingly good. We were able to play songs we shared with each other and some Suzuki songs in sync and we also took turns playing some of the songs we’ve been working on.
I just bought a guitar pedal (Zoom G1X) for my electric violin (Yamaha SV-200). Now my electric violin makes a lot of funky sounds when playing instead of a boring amplified tone.I’m more a fan of my acoustic violin, but I found I enjoyed playing a song and have it coming out as a screeching guitar distortion sound or as an acoustic sound in… Continue reading
When I initially got the cello, I had a play around with it initially and managed to break the A string the following day when tuning. The pegs were slipping and that resulted in the broken string. I tried replacing one with another spare A string but broke that too!!
Anyways, I took it to the music shop that I bought my violin from and the repair man took a look… Continue reading
I had my first cello lesson last Thursday!
Learnt how to hold between my knees and adjust the height the cello to the right height.
I also started on some fingering on it. Seems that the hand position is different and is important because you have to use your little finger to hold down the string too, and if you don’t have the hand position right, it’s too difficult to… Continue reading
My violin teacher often says that I’m progressing very quickly almost every lesson. She says most people usually spend 2 years before they get to where I am. Still, I think I have to be careful with progressing too fast as my technique can and often does suffer if I don’t practice enough. At the moment, I have to practice quite a bit to keep at the pace I’m at… Continue reading
There is a new anime this season that is about Jazz.
It’s called Sakamichi no Apollon or Kids on the slope.
It’s gotten me interested in Jazz and made me practice some of my more blues and jazz pieces from the simply music song list a bit more.
On another note, Jazz is hard as it’s very theory based, but it’s more fun to play than classical because you’re not constrained to playing… Continue reading