January 19, 2008 at 10:15 AM
In the past when tackling challenges, I used to draw upon a bit of inspiration, imagination, or other secret incantation. But now it seems I’m all alone, just me and my metronome. I waited for a while to see if the motivation would find me again, but after sitting at the base of the mountain and watching it remain as it was, unbudging and ever towering, it became obvious that it wasn’t going to climb itself.
I could sit here and mope about how I can’t, or I could take a step. At least the metronome will give me a reference point for the start and end of each day. I’ll take it slow, and think about efficiency and muscle coordination, and try not to feel like a basset hound in a pack of greyhounds chasing a ridiculous mechanical rabbit.
Who knows, maybe I won’t summit, but maybe I’ll find something else of value along the way.
(Hint) I bet you can play any two consecutive notes as fast as you need, right?
Jasmine, my forte is musicality and intonation, but playing at high speeds has always been a weakness of mine. Everyone has their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Who knows, maybe you'll have fingers like lightning! ("They never strike the same place twice" is what my old college teacher would add.) Let me know how it goes, and share any good tips you get.
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