Inspiration from Hilary Hahn - Practice Resolutions.

December 30, 2018, 12:29 PM · As I pick up my violin today to start to get back into it, I thought of listening to Hilary Hahn's discussion of how she practices and plays the violin. One of my favorite YouTubers, TwoSetViolin, did a discussion with her about a week ago, and it was a lovely talk that was really fun and really cool to see one of my favorite violinists when she's just a great person, too.

I really liked what she said about trying something out, pausing and thinking about what you just played and an idea of how you can do better, and try again. Right now I'm trying this out through up-bow staccatos, which I will use in my Ysa├┐e piece after the New Year as I pull out my music again. (The actual bowing technique I got inspiration from Ray Chen. He has also been on TwoSet Violin.)

While I don't think I'll do a full 2018 reflection, this year has been so lovely! I loved getting to have so many pieces performed at my senior recital in October, and I can't wait to have a couple more performed next year before I graduate. Feel free to look back through this year, as well as past and future years, of course, of my blog here on violinist.com as you wish.

Have a Happy New Year! 2019 is going to be such a fantastic year I think!

Fun video with Hilary Hahn:

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January 1, 2019 at 02:50 AM · I'm a simple person. I see HH and TwoSet, I watch the entire video. It's as long as a movie! I love her answers throughout the video and her thought process demo (1:22:20). Amazing. So much thought and creativity in her process.

Someone (Laurie? :)) should please tell HH that "ice princess" is not an insult! Cold here means more regal, calm, poised, flawless. Doesn't have anything to do with lacking musical expression. Think Roger Federer and his tennis playing style. Flawless, effortless playing.

I like how TwoSet is bringing more attention to the classical music industry by going after soloists like HH and Ray Chen. That being said--- Bad question from Eddy. A question about would she rather poop pants in the middle of her best performance or sight-reading a recorded concert... Really? Ugh. HH definitely answered the question as graciously as possible.

January 1, 2019 at 01:33 PM · I agree wholeheartedly with the previous reply: "Cold here means more regal, calm, poised, flawless." The comparison to Federer was apt.

I'm glad to have been forewarned that the video contains crude bathroom humor. My experience with other "two set violin" videos is that I can only make it through the first 20 or 30 seconds anyway.

Nothing wrong with humor and bubbly personalities bringing folks into the fold of violin playing. I think of Steve Irwin, the famous "crocodile hunter" who probably did as much for conservation, by being brash and loud, as Al Gore ever did by being wooden. McEnroe and Connors were good for ratings too. Still, there can be quality in humor. One doesn't *always* need to reach for the lowest common denominator among one's fans.

January 1, 2019 at 09:13 PM · That BTW was Mendelssohn's fourth movement.

January 2, 2019 at 06:27 AM · @Paul Deck: But please do watch the video starting on 1:22 though. Her practicing is so interesting to watch. She calls it "daydreaming in practice".

January 2, 2019 at 05:59 PM · The "bathroom" thought experiment disturbed me less than the fact Eddy never passed Hilary the pad thai! Besides for the table manners issue, I was impressed by the conversation, especially Hilary's thoughtful deliberations about how to handle an emergency on stage. Her comments reveal how she imagines her role and responsibilities to the audience and to the orchestra. I found it kind of touching, actually. Overall, the conversation had an ease about it that surprised me.

January 4, 2019 at 07:47 AM · Words fail me, but one thing is for sure! Hilary Hahn is a great Sport and a truly Fun person, who seemed to enjoy 'hanging out' with these two adorable guys!!!! Aside from all the 'nutty'

challenges ~ (how about the 'Allegro ma non tanto' 3rd Mov't of the Sibelius with a sudden 'intervention' in The Passages into a Foreign Key Signature, impromptu!!!???) I thought she

was fabulous and completely relaxed as these two Laurel & Hardy 'wacko's' of the Violin World did their schitk, but with an awed respect underneath all their jovial clowning around!!!

TwoSetViolin must be the 'Latest Thing" and is Fun, while also subtlety saluting Great Violinists in such an enchanting way that the public en masse is greatly entertained while also being unknowingly brought into The Fold !!!!!!

Bravo's Galore to HH & her TwoSet side-kicks!!! Someone! Go ring BBC London Television Bods about a 'New' "Hilary Hahn Informale" ~

Truly enjoying this outing, I wish a Happy 2019 New Year to Hilary Hahn, her 2 daughter's, Hubby, Violin & newly 'adopted' TwoSetViolin "Kids"!!!!!!!

Elisabeth Matesky *

*Old fashioned Heifetz-Milstein Mentoree, JH would love this!!

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