Thursday, September 09, 2010
Finding the tracks again
One interesting note. Upon returning home after a week, the first time I picked up my cello, I was struck by how nice it sounded: rich, deep, large, whole tones. And my intonation (according to both my ears and my tuner) was quite good. Although I hesitantly played that day through my current pieces, they sounded so nice! At first I attributed it to the cello drying out - since I wasn't home to change the dampits. But my teacher suggested that more likely I was hearing myself with fresh ears and that "maybe... [I'm] actually a better player than I've been giving myself credit for."
Thanks for writing such an engaging blog and thanks in advance for any insights you might have!
I don't really feel qualified to offer any advice since I still feel like such a newbie myself, but here goes:
Practice EVERY day, even if for only a brief period; be patient - don't give up, even if it feels like you're not getting anywhere; progress will not really be noticeable on a day-to-day basis, but you are actually getting better each time you practice. In short, enjoy the ride!
And I get the time issue. I'm a Elementary Music teacher and I have a hard time after all of my other musical endeavors finding time.
Keep working hard, rest that thumb occasionally. No hitchhiking! :)
Thanks. Nancy in Atlanta.
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