I actually made use of my degree? What???

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Re: I actually made use of my degree? What???

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Post by Marilink » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:17 pm

Saw this on Twitter. Awesome stuff.

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Post by ScottyMcGee » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:30 pm

Wow. That's some sick cello skills!

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Post by Apollo the Just » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:09 am

So on a total whim I am auditioning for a local symphony at the end of next month. I don't genuinely think I'm actually going to get in, but preparing for the audition has forced me to practice for like 2+ hours every day to get my finger strength and dexterity and control back, and the orchestral excerpts for the audition are very technically challenging.

My phrasing is awful and my tone is pretty garbage here too but this is a super hard Beethoven passage and I'm honestly proud I was able to actually play it lmao:



I'll probably be posting sporadic updates as I get better at performing the excerpts. May not have time to actually work on original music until after the audition, but it's nice to actually be motivated to improve at my instrument. I've never practiced this hard in my life actually lol so we'll see where my skills are at in a month

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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:59 am

That's pretty neat. I'd have liked to play an instrument but I have Fry's stupid fingers.

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Post by smol Kat » Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:39 am

Yea there's no way I could play that passage. I'm not even sure I could have ten years ago lmao
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Post by Apollo the Just » Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:22 pm

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Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:59 am
That's pretty neat. I'd have liked to play an instrument but I have Fry's stupid fingers.
i have tiny hands and tiny fingers which is unfortunate for some extensions but what matters way more than that is finger strength and dexterity... which came from being one of those kids whose parents paid for lessons from like age 6. >__>

that said never too late to start PLUS theres free youtube lessons for everything now

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Post by Apollo the Just » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:38 pm

OK, don't tell anyone BUT I had a big brain idea the other week and I think after this audition my next cello goal is I am going to prep a setlist of Tales songs and arrange them for solo cello performance and request to play them at Aselia con! I've started working on a few songs but I'm still just mainly focusing on these audition excerpts.

The good news is I've been improving a lot. This excerpt is super hard but I can, like, sorta play it now so that's something:



EDIT: for some reason i learned the high note in the main arpeggio as an e flat instead of a g. it is definitely supposed to be a g. rip. time to re-learn te fingering for that lolololol

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Post by smol Kat » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:09 pm

(OOF relearning note progressions is the biggest mood lmaoooooo)

but yea that's pretty rad! What a neat idea for a panel.
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Post by Apollo the Just » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:59 pm



I have 2 excerpts left to learn. They're getting progressively more difficult, which is actually great because as I struggle through the later harder ones it makes going back to the previous ones feel like a cakewalk. Once I've learned all the excerpts and am in the process of polishing them all I'll post more, but in the meantime here's me fumbling through one of Prokofiev's stupidly fast passages

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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:49 am

I like how into this you are, good job making progress.

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Post by smol Kat » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:23 pm

You're definitely getting back into the technical swing of things! Keep it up my dude!
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Post by Apollo the Just » Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:22 pm



i bailed on the audition but i am still trying to git gud at this cello thing. shout out to david popper for composing really difficult exercises

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