Two weeks ago the wonderful lady Rabbi who walked me into the mikveh gave birth to her first child, Ella. Aaron and I wrote this song together (our second ever) on Labor Day. And my week feels so much more amazing all of a sudden. I forget sometimes, in being Teacher, that I am also Composer and Violinist.
Here’s to remembering the sides of ourselves that we don’t make enough time for but are grateful that they trudge along with us through the years. Love you both Rabbis Hillary and Daniel Chorny.
Today marks my ten year anniversary since one of the three best and biggest decisions I ever made: moving to England. I loved my time there, and I miss so many things about my life there including Abbey Road Studios, and being able to hug my friends and meet their babies. But I also love my life here and the personal and professional challenges that almost immediately filled it.
If you know you need to be somewhere, or do something, don’t wait as long as I did.
My Suzuki book 6 student suggested something I hadn’t considered yesterday that was very interesting. La Folia as a 2 part violin canon. It works until the third page when one of the variations becomes 8 bars instead of 16. Instructions:
Player one plays the theme alone. When player one reaches the first variation, player two begins the theme. Both players continue playing as it comes, but player two must defer to the (occasionally new) tempo set by player one.
Last week Ryan Whyman (CSUN music graduate) and I went into the studio to work on my poetry album, and I interviewed him on his beginnings as a musician, then recording some of our playing. It was so much fun. Wish I was in the studio every day.
So on Sunday I gave my second free-improvisation concert, and my fiance was wonderful about recording it so those videos will show up here soon.
The gig reconnected me to my electric violin. I re-discovered something that should have been unforgettable — that playing fifths is a lot easier on this lovely five-string instrument, because the fingerboard space is smaller than a normal four-string violin. Yay fifths.
Here are two loops I made this evening. Kind, impression comments are more than welcome.
Teaching all my students how to do this now… They catch on so quickly! Then scales and key signatures make more sense.
By the way… Nicole is in the middle of Suzuki Book One.
Getting married (if changing one’s name) presents certain decisions for the teaching artist. Do I professionally keep my old name and personally take on the new? Do I convert everything and everyone over to the new?
I decided to do the latter. My seven year old boys’ violin/viola class will have to re-learn to call me Mrs. Asher instead of Ms. Thompson. My last album (see to the right) is listed here – everything else from this point on will be, happily, Jenni Asher.
Welcome to my new website. You will find errant thoughts on music education and materials, improvisation, and links to awesome things in the community. And if that isn’t what you’re looking for, please feel free to drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.