September 11, 2010

Loose ends...

One week until Montpelier, and...

I'm not satisfied with any of my mutes. One of them buzzes, one of them dampens the sound when it's not on, and the other one comes off by itself when I'm playing. There are a couple more that I haven't tried yet--but I have to buy them first. Temporary solution: use a mini clothespin! So far, it has been the most effective mute, with the fewest problems. Maybe I don't need to buy a new mute, just a few sturdy clothespins.

Then there's the matter of what to wear. I've had numerous discussions about what is appropriate for a recital of this nature. I'll write more about that later, because I think it's an interesting topic. But in the meantime, I thought I had resolved the issue when I picked a dress on a performance wear online store. I didn't lie about my measurements or anything, so I was sure the dress would fit and look cute--it sure looked cute on the model! Well, as you will have surmised, it doesn't look cute. With some major adjustments, the dress could be saved, but did I mention, I have one week?

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