WATCH NOW: 2016 Montreal International Violin Competition

Printer-friendly version
Cheyne Winterthieme

Patience... A Vanishing Art?

December 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM

How many times have you had someone tell you,"I could never do that; I don't have enough patience." ? It is probably meant to be a complement, but I think it's a tragic confession.
The other day I narrowed the definition of an artist to one word: patience. Not many Americans seem to have it. All artists *must* possess it. Yes, music is an art and a musician is an artist, too. I don't claim to have a talent, but I do claim to have determination and patience. If you want to get good at something, it usually takes time, hours of practice, and LOTS of patience (that is, for most of us). Some people tell me they get bored practicing the same thing over and over. I see it as an opportunity, another chance, and a privilege to be able to pick up my violin and 'play it again'. It fills me with excitement. Nothing can so lift me when I'm down as playing my violin. I can let all those pent-up feelings, whatever they may be, out through those strings and let the goodness of my music flow back in. It is so refreshing. Everyday I look forward to practicing an hour or hopefully more! and it is always hard to skip one day. Even just one.

But just think what the average person could do if they just had a little patience!


From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on December 17, 2012 at 1:52 AM
Wow, what a nice blog! Really true... I often had people say the same thing to me.

People don't want to work hard on something to improve...

Music is less and less popular as a class choice among highschoolers according to high school music teacher.

There is something nice in pursuing a goal and improve always a little bit (and very much after every few years).

This is call acheiving oneself and something.

I may not be the 1/100 as talented as my idols but not even their best recordings can play my violin for me! Their hands are not mine lol

One has to do something by themselves to truely be happy and proud of them... and patience is the key element :)

Nice blog...

This entry has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.

Our Kokopelli
Please support Violinist.com
through your
one-time donation or
sponsorship campaign.

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music

Yamaha V3 Series Violin

Baerenreiter

Coregami Performal

Metzler Violin Shop

Heifetz International Music Institute

Snow Stringed Instruments

Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

Fiddlerman.com

Fiddlershop

Long Island Violin Shop

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Tunable: Tuner, Metronome, and Recorder

Violin Lab

Wangbow Violin Bow Workshop

'Erich Bergel & Dorothy Kitchen' International Violin Competition

Study with Simon Fischer in Michigan, Aug 1-5

Violinist Sarah Chang to perform with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra 7/23