Get the Bad News Out of the Way:
It was a frustrating time not only from my own boredom but from the countless times my friends and colleagues had to pick up the slack caused by my inability to play viola, use a computer, or anything requiring finger dexterity which I had always taken for granted.
Well, this past week I started developing signs of carpal tunnel; and to me, there's nothing more embarrassing than flaking out on commitments just because I don't take good enough care of my own body. The last thing I want is to be seen as pitiful or lazy, especially to those who are relying on me.
A Video About a Video
In my journey to start an online video portfolio, I have made a couple of non-performance videos as practice and intro into video recording/editing while my wrist is still recovering:
I may end up publishing this video in case anybody who watches my bow warmup tutorial would be interested in seeing it in its entirety. I find it unlikely that 17 minutes of slow, open strings would turn out to be very popular, but who knows?
One of the challenges I noticed while recording included the difficulty in staying focused and in view of the camera for the whole thing. Normally, when I do warmups, I pace around the room, look at stuff, make faces at my own thoughts, and other things which would not have been very appropriate to this video's context. This recording process forced me to stay relatively still, keep a relaxed expression, and keeping my attention on the warmups throughout the recording.
Talking in this video felt a bit more natural than last week. I ended up recording it at the end of the day, so my face looks tired, but I felt a lot more natural and relaxed. I still have a lot of filler-words like "um" and when I forget what I was talking about, I start the section over, which causes a need for lots of edits in the video.
I'm not going to jinx my health by promising anything for next week. Let's just say it would be nice if I can finally get some repertoire recorded!
Also don't forget to track my progress with the #100DaysofPractice challenge!