Chinese Proverb

"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I'll understand." - Chinese Proverb.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Lesson #136C (6/16/13): Music (and more cats...)

I received music from Cellospeak and it's a lot of music! whew!! Better start practicing soon...

I haven't attempted practicing any pieces yet either (the cat-excuse and all...), but Clayton also added some alternative fingerings for me before he left for his music festival for most of the summer.

So, from the last time I attended a workshop, do a few research tasks:
  1. Find videos or audios: find YouTube videos to see how it should sound. Listen to the audios/videos to get it in my ear and get a sense of how it's supposed to sound like. 
  2. Find the music: if possible find the music so someone can play it with me before the workshop. This way I'm familiar with what is going on with the other parts and can listen for cues, and I always find it helpful to have the score. 
  3. Look up markings: Look up and write in definitions of markings I'm not familiar with:
  4. Fingerings: Add any reminders for myself - I always forget what key I'm in and it's easier to just write it down than have to think about whether it's my second or third finger. Although at some point I should probably be able to do that...  
  5. Road maps: Find repeat signs and figure out where I'm supposed to be going and put in markings/reminders. 
I'm pleasantly surprised that they sent me the option of selecting from either Part IV or Part V. It looks like I can play Part IV for the music they sent me, but it's more a matter of how polished I want it to be and how much time I'll have to practice before the workshop since I'm procrastinating like nothing else!

And, I can make it as difficult or as easy as I want. For the most part, all of the music can be played in first position, but they sent it with fingerings in 2nd and 3rd position so I can work on that if I wanted to... or if I stay in first position, than I won't be too stressed about doing 2nd and 3rd position and can try some vibrato...hmmmm.... decisions, decisions... although I should probably start practicing the music in the next couple days or so! :)

More procrastination... 
I adopted another kitty since doing a little research showed that it's best to adopt two kitties at the same time so they can keep each other company and out of trouble - although it's more the case that I wanted two cute little fur balls running around! This time we adopted a grey 2 month year old tabby. His name was Ernie (which I thought was cute, but my husband didn't like the name), so I renamed him Cello because with his markings I can spell out cello - C on his left side, E on his hind leg, two L's on his back and an O on the other side, although it looks more like a D or a heart if he sitting, but close enough! ...or I guess it looks like a copyright symbol... Hopefully, when he's no longer a kitten he'll still have the markings.

Cello (Cello kat?) happened to be the runt of the litter, and when we first saw him he was really skinny and lethargic. Anyway, we've had him for two weeks now (he's gained a pound since we adopted him!), and we're slowly nursing him back to health since he has an upper respiratory infection. Little Cello has been sneezing a lot and has an eye infection, so we're giving him eye drops 3x a day. Apparently it's common for kittens adopted from shelters to get upper respiratory infections.

They're favorite game is called a Game for Cats. Both Snuggles and Cello will play it for HOURS!
LOL - even cats get addicted to video games!! :)


  1. An eye infection? Most likely its rhinotracheitis which is a common virus that attaches itself to a feline optical nerve and makes the eye weep when theyre stressed out. Its highly contagious, so hopeully your other cat has its vaccines already, because its a week before they provide good protection.Its not life threatening but i feel bad for kitties who get this and suffer even more when under stress. I find that using a damp q-tip to "wind up" the eye goopies helps them recover faster ;) and massaging the back of the head

  2. I think you're right! :) The vet said that it was stress induced too. My other cat had vaccinations more than a month ago so she's good. I'll try the q-tip trick, but he's already a bit squirmy with the whole eye drop thing. They're both getting a lot of cuddling and back head massages though. :)