I tried playing the first line of the song today. It sounded like crap, mainly because my fingers are still not used to their different positions for F Major. When my brain is so tightly focused on finger positioning, the sound that is eventually produced doesn’t sound great.
I know that if I keep practising, I’ll get better and things will sound better. Three months ago when I was still a super-beginner, I had difficulty playing continuous notes on different strings. Now it comes naturally.
Discipline is such a chore to maintain. But I’m seeing improvement and results, and that’s good enough for me to continue practicing everyday.
Find your own inner motivation. For me, it’s videogames. For others, you have to find a way to find it.
My violin teacher asked me to choose any song from any genre that I would like to learn, as part of my ongoing violin lessons. Immediately my heart and brain chose Lost in Thoughts All Alone, one of the songs that inspired me to learn this instrument in the first place. I’ve blogged about it before.
She immediately took out her iPad and googled for the musical score. I told her that no official score exists, and that there are multiple versions of the song with different durations. Still, there were plenty of results that came up — it’s the signature theme song for Fire Emblem Fates after all. One of the transcribed scores that caught her eye on Google Image search was from none other than MuseScore, that same website that I wrote about before. 10 minutes later I was learning a crash course on how to play the F Major scale on violin, I’ve only learned C Major and D Major so far.
Unbelievable. One of my future goals in learning the violin has just become an immediate goal. I would like to play the full six-minute version one day, but this is still a good start for a beginner.
Suddenly I’m inspired to go back and finish Birthright and Revelation once and for all on my 3DS. And I am eternally grateful to my friend Joe for recommending me such a chill and open-minded violin teacher.
Here is my own personal goal for playing the violin: I want to learn to play a violin solo for Lost in Thoughts All Alone from Fire Emblem Fates, the full version. “Full version” meaning the entire six minutes, including all the parts where Azura sings the lyrics for Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation.
There is just one big problem: I can’t find the sheet music for a violin solo of this song. The closest I’ve found is h4kase2’s sheet music for a piano + violin duet. Unfortunately, this is not the full version of the song (it’s missing the lyrics for Revelation), and there are too many violin pauses. If worse comes to worst, I think I might need to ask my violin teacher to help me transcribe the sheet music for a full violin solo by ear.
The beautiful part of this song starts from 03:44 as the violins start to crescendo. It is a perfect contrast to the lyrics at that point, where Azura is singing about the dark path of Nohr (i.e. “Night breaks through the day…” ; “… Even the thorn in your heart, in time it may become a rose.”). The violins then take over from 04:08 with a short but emotionally stirring solo. THIS is what I want to replicate on my violin. I’ve only started to learn how to channel emotion and volume on my strings through placement of the bow, so it’s going to take a long while before I can reach this level.
A song from a videogame is inspiring me to master the violin. Sometimes I wonder why I take videogames so seriously.