Author: Emily Wright

something to look forward to…

For college football fans, there is a sense of loss after the January bowls are all said and done, and not just because the BCS is run by crackheads. Sure, we can distract ourselves from the pain with an extra month of Pro ball, always looking out for alums of our favorite school. And later, basketball, if you’re into it. Baseball takes over in a few weeks, and even though the game has been shamed by controversy, there is something lovely about the sound of Vin Scully’s voice and a $10 thimbleful of beer in Elysian Park. But it’s no college football. Sweet, sweet college football. I have USC drum cadences on my iPod and a countdown widget that is telling me how many days, hours, and minutes there are until the Virginia game. I look at it every day, sometimes twice, as a reminder that I need to be patient, and that my guys need these months to prepare. But then this rolled into my inbox, and though distant, the fever begins again. Here’s CJ Gable. Hang on to the rock! Vidal Hazelton, at your service. Mark Sanchez, whom a lot of folks think could be the next Matt Leinart. This one is called “Air Rojo”. I look forward to football for so many reasons. The thing I like the most is the feeling of unity, walking into...

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Free Stuff, part 2

I want to resuscitate the podcast, and I need your help! So send me questions and comments about anything, and the first 5 people will get a variety of classical CDs, courtesy of a friend who works at EMI. You can ask about technical issues, gear, advice, scandal, gossip, zen and anything else you want to know about! Fire...

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Son of Bow Month

I got this fantastic email from our Far and Away friend in the Philippines, who wanted to talk some more bow. Twist my arm! (so long as it’s onto that right index finger, of course) “Ola, Ms.Wright 🙂 My student, Lyndon, complains of pain in his little finger (the photos might be a bit misleading; when actuallyplaying, his little finger straightens out and migrates to the top of the bow, like a violinist) when playing. I’veseen the submissions of some of your students, and I noticed one fellow did almost the same thing (except hislittle finger was curved). Like you, I figure that if a bowgrip works, there’s little point in changing it. I would adviseLyndon to at least keep his little finger curved. What would you say?” ….there was more, but I’m saving that for another post. Here are the pics of Lyndon’s hand: The first thing I notice is that it looks like the pinky is hanging on. If you’ve read any of my past thoughts on this stuff, you know that I think that the pinky is largely inert, throughout the entire bowstroke. There are several reasons for this: 1) if the pinky is curling, then the bow has the tendency to fold towards the palm of the hand. This creates cramps in the thumb joint and wrist and instability. 2) if the pinky straightens on...

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