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How far I have come

April 16, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I was thinking recently about how very far I have come with my teacher in the 4 years I have studied with him. To see how far I´ve come I´ll turn the time machine back four years.

Four years ago I took a test that was the equvalient of grade 5 ASTA and Grade 5 ABRSM. I could handle the first 4 positions pretty well and had a good bowing hand. I was well experiences in playing in chamber ensemble. I played Vivaldi G Minor Concerto, Rameu Gigue and some Vivaldi violin sonatas.

Then I changed music conservatories and started in my current one with my current teacher.

Now four years later things have really changed.

I have moved up 3 grades in 4 years and an aiming to finish the equvalient grade of ABRSM Grade 8 next Christmas. I am now playing famous violin repetoire and even have a real virtuosic piece. I now have pieces from grade 8-10 ASTA. I can now play comfortably in virtually every position on every string. I can reach in the high registers of the E string with just using my hearing.  I can play 3 octave scales almost at first sight and it takes little trouble to get them right. I can now sight read with comfortability and have been compliemented on my sight reding skills. I have played in chamber ensemble, string chamber, youth orchestra, solo, duett and accompanied singers. I have played some of the biggest works of the orchestra repetoire.

It often feels like I haven´t moved one bit in my violin playing but looking back I see how very far I have become. The road with my violin has not been easy but boy has it been fulfilling.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 3:13 AM


as a wise sage of a teacher once said to me...mastering music is like viewing the horizon, the closer you get, it just moves further into the distance

From Dave Snow
Posted on April 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Congrats from me also Anna.

That sounds to me like incredible progress. I get jealous easy (character flaw) when confronted with that sort of thing. Sounds like you'll go far.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on April 17, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Yes, very good for you!


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