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Thinking Mans Instrument ?
Do I have to think about the violin and play it too ?
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April 15, 2014 - 10:10 pm
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A few years ago I noticed I was doing something odd.  When I was too slow to turn a page, I simply made up my own music until I was able to turn the page.  I did know what the music sounded like on the next page but what I played was an improvisation that worked OK, not the printed music.

No big deal or harm done.  Then, I would just started to improvise for no reason and I had no idea what such music looked like on paper.

I guess that is sort of a learning curve but I am in awe of the mental role that takes place.  Four years ago I would swear that could never happen. 

As a generalization I think the violin may require the greatest mental demands.  



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April 15, 2014 - 10:19 pm
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I think that you are right. :-)
I don't know how many times I worked on a concertmaster solo and was completely satisfied with it before the first rehearsal and SOOOO disappointed after the rehearsal. Usually I worked it out by the time concert evening came but the mental demands of playing under pressure change everything.

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April 22, 2014 - 1:28 pm
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Hey Oliver...that is very cool. All these things mentioned here, well I may not be able to try them yet..(ha ha.including turning a page..ha ha)... but that is a cool idea...a little improv practice between pages.

I have had a piece that I work on often...and a few times I did something wrong and I was able to not stop and get all flustered, I was able to just kind of make a "note, sound " and keep going. As I was doing it, I thought.. "a non player may never have caught that."

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