August 27, 2012 at 5:28 PMWhy is it that some of the best violinists I know, trained to solo levels, are the most unhappy? I have seen this multiple times and they have all the success in the world-- tours, residuals, call-backs, many fans and friends.
I think it's because music is simple. It's really just this:
And it will always be this. Music doesn't change.
Maybe that was the problem -
I never really bothered that much. ;)
Sure, I have developed things, and practised, and drilled, but never to the extent that a good orchestral player has to have done. I have spent a great deal of time just "messing about" on the fiddle.
I never really got to grips with reading, because I could get things by ear very quickly. Never practised vibrato, because I developed one spontaneously that my teacher liked.
If I had found it more difficult, would I have worked harder at it? Would I have put in the extra that would have made me a better technician?
I suspect so.
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