In case anyone is interested in the thought process that goes behind even minor design work for a comic (any comic). Not all these details will be shown specifically, but they’re going on in the background.
•toned arms (especially if you play fiddle music like damn)
•you’re automatically smart if you play the violin. don’t ask why. it’s apparently a stereotype. just go with it.
•kids love you regardless. play something they recognize and they will love you.
•you develop good hand-eye coordination and enhanced muscle memory
•covers sound 10000000x better when they’re played on violin. 100% confirmed by scientists.
•you get gigs VERY often when you’re for hire (seriously when did people get so demanding for violinists/fiddlers?)
•dexterity in fingers = 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼
•music stores are your best friend
•electric violins are BAD ASS.
•violins are so diverse. they can be in jazz, bluegrass, classical, blues, swing, folk, gypsy, burlesque, ragtime, and basically every style of music.
•good vibrato sounds like heaven
•just basically a fun instrument to play. seriously.
•calluses. calluses. calluses.
•HICKEYS. Hickeys. Yes they are a thing, don’t look at me like that.
•*shoulder rest decides to fly out from instrument while playing*
•backache. arm ache. backache. fingers are sore. neck is sore. everything hurts.
•"Can you play Beethoven?“
•don’t even bother going anywhere with customs. they’ll hold you back because your instrument case looks "suspicious”.
•*bridge decides to snap out from under strings while practicing*
•"Can you play Devil Went Down to Georgia?“
•no matter how hard you try to make that fourth octave C sound pretty, it’s still going to sound like you stuck a fork up a baby bird’s ass.
•"can you teach me how to play it?”
•doesn’t matter if you rosin your bow; slurring to the open E string will make a godawful squeaking noise.
•"I promise I won’t break it"
•watching movies/TV with a violinist makes you cringe because it’s obvious they’re not a real violinist. (seriously, when they’re playing whole note open G they’re playing eighth notes on the E string. what the fuck.)
•"I thought violin and fiddle were two different instruments!“
•that song may sound cool, but don’t bother learning it when it’s in the key of C#.
•up bow. down bow. down bow. up bow. down bow. up bow. down bow. Wait, fuck. *erase*
•"no, I did not slaughter a horse to make my own violin bow.”
•that soreness in your wrist is from your countless attempts to perfect that vibrato. oops.
“The thing is to ask yourself what you really want to do, and if it makes you happy. And even if somebody wants to do something, sometimes we still need a kick from life. Usually it’s when you feel that nothing worse can happen—then you decide to change. I decided to give it a try, and now I’m here: I’m actually a designer. I’m a professional.”
Briar Elementary and High is a small school of just under three hundred students, from first grade all the way to senior year. It’s spaced between two buildings and has been running since the early 1900’s, although it was just a high school academy back then.
And apparently there’s a monster in there now.
It’s just little things that leads people to believe there’s something supernatural lurking in the halls. The things that would go missing, only to turn up later caked in muddy finger prints. The food theft, mostly lunchboxes, but sometimes whole pizzas would just vanish into thin air. Hearing something crawling under the floor. And the hissing you can sometimes hear while in the girl’s bathroom in the highschool. If you go in there alone, sometimes you’ll make out whispers.
There’s three rumors about what it really is. I’ll go over each one.
I just came across the whole EU thing
and felt inspired to maybe make a character? how do you think they’d fare? they
don’t know their true name and the name given to them means nothing. they like
to study the stars and are usually out at night always accompanied by an iron
charm covered instrument case and a silver telescope grasped in clay and paint
covered fingers. ¼
2/3 (not 4 oops) they
often talk too loudly about dangerous things but the fae have always had a soft
spot for musicians;the price for their words is usually light. their instrument
itself was payment for playing at a party (seemingly several months long but
when they got back it was only the week of finals they’d missed) a viola made of
an unfamiliar silvered wood. they always wear silver and iron rings that you
can hear rattle before they play, being at EU has not helped with anxiety.
3/3 they often forget to eat and sleep
being too caught up with other endeavors and their hair is always in the same
braid with both real and silver flowers tucked into the strands their room is
filled with star charts and plants side by side with tokens of gratitude from
the crows and fae alike containers of clay and half finished sculptures on the
desk and floors and paint splatters on an unused bed They often try to sculpt
the fae they see around campus but never finish the faces for fear of actual offence
They sound like they’re favored, which is good because despite the lip service to protection in the form of iron and silver, they’re toeing the line of what’s safe. But they’re clever enough to leave the sculptures unfinished; with any luck that and whatever is so fond of them are together enough to get them out the other side (the also sound like leaving would be heartbreak; like the world outside would feel hollow, after Eslewhere. I don’t envy them.)
My friends had to do a musical theatre variety performance and they chose to all dress really smartly and come on with large instrument cases and be really serious and play Pachelbel's canon... on kazoos. At the end I had to throw rose petals down on to the stage. It was amazing
Fandom: Hibike! Euphonium/Sound! Euphonium Pairing(s): KumiRei (Kumiko/Reina) and HaruAsuKaori on the side (third-year ot3) Words: 5.4k+ Summary:
In which Kumiko works in a flower shop, and Reina’s that beautiful, mysterious stranger she finally gets to talk to.
Links: FF is here! AO3 is here!
I’m a clarinet player and for every concert I have to bring 4 different clarinets (bass, E flat, B flat, and A) and 3 different mouthpieces for my b flat just because I’m the only competent player in my section smh and it becomes a life or death situation carrying over £19,000 worth of instruments… and then the cases. I die every week.
2) Rules: BOLD the statements that are true for you!
I am 5'7" or taller I wear glasses I have at least one tattoo I have at least one piercing I have blonde hair I have brown eyes I have short hair My abs are at least somewhat defined I have or have had braces
I love meeting new people People tell me that I’m funny Helping others with their problems is a big priority for me I enjoy physical challenges I enjoy mental challenges I’m playfully rude with people I know well I started saying something ironically and now I can’t stop saying it (blame @purrsephonesims) There is something I would change about my personality
I can sing well I can play an instrument (piano, in case anyone’s curious) I can do over 30 pushups without stopping I’m a fast runner I can draw well (better than some people at least…) I have a good memory I’m good at doing math in my head I can hold my breath underwater for under a minute I have beaten at least 2 people in arm wrestling I know how to cook at least 3 meals from scratch I know how to throw a proper punch
I enjoy playing sports I’m on a sports team at my school or somewhere else I’m in an orchestra or choir at my school or somewhere else I have learned a new song in the past week I work out at least once a week I’ve gone for runs at least once a week in the warmer months I have drawn something in the past month I enjoy writing FANDOMS ARE MY #1 PASSION I do or have done martial arts
I have had my first kiss I have had alcohol I have scored the winning goal in a sports game I have watched an entire season of a TV show in one sitting I have been at an overnight event I have been in a taxi I have been in the hospital or ER in the past year I have beaten a video game in one day I have visited another country I have been to one of my favorite band’s concerts
I’m in a relationship I have a crush on a celebrity I have a crush on someone I know I have been in at least 3 relationships I have never been in a relationship I have asked someone out or admitted my feelings to them I get crushes easily I have had a crush on someone for over a year I have been in a relationship for at least a year I have had feelings for a friend
I have at least one person I consider a “best friend” I live close to my school My parents are still together I have at least one sibling I live in the united states There is snow right now where I live I have hung out with a friend in the past month I have a smartphone I have at least 15 CD’s I share my room with someone
I have breakdanced I know a person named Jamie I have had a teacher with a last name that’s hard to pronounce I have dyed my hair I’m listening to one song on repeat right now I have punched someone in the past week I know someone who has gone to jail I have broken a bone I have eaten a waffle today I know what I want to do with my life I speak at least 2 languages I have made a new friend in the past year
-Watch YouTube videos of people playing your instrument. Often people will tell you to only listen to people better than you so you can imitate them, but listen to people of all ability levels. Find that beginning 10 year old’s rendition of Yankee Doodle. Find people that are at your level to see what they can accomplish. These people can teach you things too, and inspire you even if they aren’t super talented virtuosos, which can sometimes scare and depress me.
-Take your instrument out of its case and give it some TLC. Clean off your fingerprints, dust, give it a swab,etc. Admire how beautiful it is. Play it.
-Play a few pieces or warm-ups you know well and like. Enjoy yourself, and then move on to that piece you have to practice that you’ve been avoiding.
-Set goals for yourself. Set aside scheduled time in the day to devote to your instrument.
-Remember, sometimes taking it out of the case is the hardest part. If you can, leave it out on a stand in your room. You’ll be much more likely to pick it up. Put it somewhere obvious, where you know you’ll see it often.
-Listen to pieces that you enjoy that you would love to be able to play someday.
-Try composing some music, even if it isn’t a serious project.
So…the band used to have a bus. Nothing special, just an old painted bus that transported instruments to and from competitions. But then some kind of dark hole and/or inter-dimensional portal opened up in the middle of the bus and needless to say, the bus can’t be driven anymore. Luckily, things that go into the portal seem to be transported to the football games and competitions anyway, so lately whenever the band has to go to a competition, you just throw instrument cases and props into the gaping hole where the middle of bus used to be. It’s been working great so far!
I have a really hard time with Russian cases. Do you have any tips on how I could learn them and actually understand which one shoul I use? Thank you
Hmm. I will try to answer this as best as I can. There are six cases used in Russian. They are: Nominative, Accusative, Genetive, Prepositional, Dative, and Instrumental.
When would you use them?
(The main uses, I am not writing all the ways the cases are used)
1. Nominative: For the grammatical subject of the sentence
Она студентка. She is a student.
2. Accusative: For a direct object of a transitive verb
Я купила книгу и чай. I bought a book and tea.
“Я” is the grammatical subject and is in the nominative case, “книгу & чай” are the direct objects because they are the object affected by the verb “купила”.
3. Genitive: For possession, to denote nonexistence, relationship between two things, accusative of animate nouns, quantity, after certain numbers, negation after transitive verbs, and after certain prepositions.
Он сын моейсестры. He is the son of my sister
Here we are showing possession. The construction “of” in English is often used with the genitivie case in Russian.
У меня есть кошка. I have a cat.
When you say you, or anyone else, has something, the construction “У” is followed by the genitive case. “Кошка”
is nominative because it is the subject.
Нет времени сегодня. There is no time today.
Here we have a case of nonexistence shown by the word “нет”. Время becomes времени as it takes the genitive case.
Есть две ручки. There are two pens.
Numbers in Russian are tricky. Numbers 2-4 take the genitive singular, 5-20 take the genitive plural as well as 5-0 after that. Since the number 2 “два” takes the genitive singular, ручка becomes ручки.
Я вижу моего брата. I see my brother.
Here the direct object after the verb “вижу”is the brother. Normally, we would say it is the accusative case, but since the brother is an animate object, it takes the genitive case instead. мой брат becomes моего брата.
Я спала после работы. I slept after work.
Here we have a genitive preposition, после. Since the preposition takes the genitive case, we must put работа into the genitive.
4. Prepositional: Used after certain prepositions, notably в, на ,о/об.
Я в парке. I am at the park.
Она думает о школе. She thinks about school.
5, Dative: For indirect objects of a verb, impersonal constructions, age.
Анна дала ему новую книгу. Anna gave him a new book.
Anna is the subject, the book is the direct object that goes with the verb “дала”. The indirect object here can be thought of “to who” the book is being given. She gave the book to him so that is why ему
Мне 5 лет. I am 5 years old.
Here we are expressing age. To say how old you or anyone is, the subject takes the dative case.
Мне надо купить хлеб. I need to buy bread.
Here is an impersonal construction. Expressions such as надо & нужно take the dative case for the subject that needs to do something.
6. Instrumental: to express the means by which an action is performed, with the preposition “c”, predicative instrumental, past of “to be”, time of day.
Она пишет карандашом. She writes with a pencil.
Here we are expressing the means by which the action (writing) took place. With what does she write with? A pencil.
Я смотрю фильм с Анной. I watch the film with Anna.
This is an example of the preposition c. You can think of the construction “with” in English as something that takes the instrumental case in Russian. (There are some exceptions but you don’t see them when you begin to learn Russian)
Я отдыхаю летом. I rest in the summer.
Летом is in the instrumental case as it is a time expression that denotes the time of an action.
Он был врачом. He was a doctor.
Here the past tense of to be “был” in conjunction with an occupation requires the instrumental.
There are many other uses for the cases, but you learn them much later on. There’s also technically a seventh case, but it is rarely used and you don’t learn it.
How do you form them?
Masterrussian.com does a good job of showing you how to do this as it varies depending on gender, number, and spelling. Link: here
My first tip would be to make sure you know the gender of nouns in the nominative case. Gender tends to be transparent in Russian, but it can get tricky with the plural of neuter nouns that look like feminine nouns or masculine nouns like папа.
Next, try to remember the common ways that the cases are used. If you see a “в” in the sentence, it probably is the prepositional case; a “с” might mean the instrumental case; нет means the genitive case. I found that this chart that visually shows the cases helps you remember when to use the cases. By having “keywords” to look out for or verbs that you know use certain cases, you create connections between cases and how they are used.
If you look at any declension chart, you can see that many cases share the same endings. This makes it easier by having fewer endings to remember and by reinforcing the same endings in your memory.
Learn the cases ONE at a time. In a classroom setting, this is simple as the instructor plans the lessons this way. When you self-study, it is easy to try to do all the cases at once, but it will just become confusing. Try the easier cases first such as accusative and prepositional with simple sentences. The more you repeat exercises, the more you will start to “feel” the pattern, making it easier to learn. It takes time so you won’t feel comfortable with cases for a few months, but that is perfectly fine :)
Use an app to help. This app works by presenting you declension exercises. Duolingo does a good job with practice for cases, as well as this Russian grammar app. Link: [Android] [iOS]. Or use a website like this for practice.
I think it helps to read sentences in Russian and learn to identify cases. That gives you a frame from which to work from. If you like Memrise for vocabulary, there is a course that helps you with declensions in Russian to make it a bit more interactive. Really, the way you learn cases is through practice! :D