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What I've learned this year
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December 25, 2014 - 2:27 am
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1#  That you have to play with confidence, you have to dive in and play with soul or your instrument will sound thin and whiney


2# playing live shows is the best thing for making you improve


3# The music community is your family, only they understand the why


4# My Viola may very well love me

There is no shame in playing twinkle, youre playing Mozart

King for a Day, Peasant for many

December 26, 2014 - 10:19 am
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I agree with every one of those Barry. thumbs-up

Especially #3.

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein


December 26, 2014 - 4:28 pm
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The 2 things I can add...

1: On bullet #4 - Your Viola doesn't love me. But, I can make do with my 4 violins admiring me somewhat  ;)

2: On bullet#1,  you state, "To play with confidence" . I would add to that, "To play with joy and confidence".

Have you ever seen a sad fiddler? They play with so much emotion, they bound around dancing in a grinning glee of exuberance. Emotion doesn't have to mean a grimace or pain like, permanently carved visage. So many traditional, classical players end up looking like they ate something horrible, watched a child be beat or had to put down a favorite pet.  Joyful happy playing (on top of what you posted), That's my #1.  :)

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

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December 27, 2014 - 10:29 pm
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I totally agree with your #1 - You have to "Go big or go home".  

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December 28, 2014 - 6:57 pm
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Good stuff Barry.
I especially like #4


"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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December 29, 2014 - 2:11 pm
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Love it Barry.

You know what is sinking in for me... EVERYTHING.

I remember so much of the advice given to me the first year... I was always thinking.." but I am doing that.."  

and then trying harder the 2nd year to apply tips and advice.. "but I AM doing that.."

And then the third year... so many things fall into place...  The motor skills and coordination to actually work on vibrato, and bowing, and moving the elbow, bowing straight, applying speed and pressure... so much of the technical stuff and the knowledge that I learned many things... well backwards... 

The best part for me now is that practices are so productive.  I can actually correct and improve on a technique  in a one hour practice.   That doesn't mean that my bowing doesn't go wonky when I am reading from sheet, or my intonation doesn't screw up when I am working on something else... it just means that my mind and ears and hands are starting to get it and work together!!!

Yahoo... best years of my life... When I started I was grumpy that it would take this long.. now I am not grumpy.. I am enlightened and inspired and ready to work even harder.  

2015 is the year of Shifting and Vibrato for me.... so I think, oh yea!!

Happy New Year!!! 

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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