Octave strings came. :-)

I didn’t get a student-grade violin yet, but I have the necessary strings. I’m trying not to fudge them onto my viola; besides, they’re too short. I admit to being curious, though.

I’ll keep an eye on the Gliga website and see if a $200 student lefty doesn’t show up. (The ones there are listed as out of stock.) In the meantime, it’s viola this weekend more than piano, I think. I’m still in the mood to take a bit of a break from the piano. Eventually, something else will build up in the pipes, and I’ve got several projects I want to get back to. I do want to return to “Son nata a lagrimar,” but I’m also anxious to finish a good collection of piano-only works that I can then practice and work on myself and build up a nice rep of my own material that I can play at any time. I think that as much as I love the viola/violin+piano things, they will have to take a distant second place in terms of priority.

I want to build up a personal rep, and then I want to begin working on the theme+variations on the Haendel aria intros. The string+piano arrangements will need to be relegating to filling in the cracks.

And I still need to get my viola down to the luthier so he can get that damned center-mount chinrest sorted out. It’s still touching the tailpiece, and I can still hear it sometimes. And the left side is still up off the wood and needs some boost from a bit of cork.

Viola happiness again

So I messed around a bit more this weekend, and my attitude toward the viola appears to have improved since getting the elephant out of the pipes. However, I have bought a set of octave strings (the Sensicores) and plan to get a cheap student lefty from Gliga and make my luthier go o_O when I bring them both to him and ask him to reconcile them. Might be a waste of money, but it won’t be a waste of too much, so that’s not so bad. So in the near future, I may have an instrument that is both smaller and lower. 🙂

I wish I had more choices about strings; I know that it took me a bit of piffling around to find the combination that works best for Stevie (C/G Obligatos and D/A Corelli Crystals), and I dislike the idea of being locked into one brand on the octavgeige. We’ll see what happens.

Why can’t I just find a small, lightweight, low instrument? Goddamned physics.

Still muddling around with the idea of arranging “La Vie en Rose,” but I don’t know if it’s actually going to happen. (What the hell am I arranging cheesy French torch songs for?) I want to get back to “Son nata a lagrimar,” actually.

I’m also starting slow practice on my own finished piece, and would like to refamiliarize myself with my old stuff again through the same means. Eventually, I’d like to have a rep built up of my own work.