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Jasmine Reese

Woah Doggie!!

January 12, 2008 at 4:48 AM

WOAH, Doggie! My practice seems to be so much better these days. Every practice, I feel better and better about my results and my overall sound. WOOOHOOOHHOOJHHLO!!

I owe it all to Madeline Bruser's, The Art of Practicing. I read it when I was 14 years old, but not with much focus sense my attention span was a lot shorter and I had a endearing loyalty to everything Jane Austen. However, I passed that stage and was able to read it with an open mind. There are two things I am applying to my practice now from the book: Stretching, Posture correction, and making a performance ready practice room.

Let me tell you how applied the last one: Making a performance ready practice room.

I set my practice time. Tuesday at 4:30pm. I intentionally started to stir my nerves by telling my mom she was invited to my mom room at 4:30pm on Tuesday to listen to me play. I cleaned my room, as Bruser says should be done, a cluttered room makes for a cluttered mind. I ate some bananas and stretched and went to my performance ready practice room. I warmed up with some scales which took about 3 minutes. When my mom came up stairs, I played Bach's Partita in D minor Sarabande. I made a mental note that when I am nervous my double stops/chords get a little shaky. Otherwise, what a great practice session!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was like, "Mom, that was great! Don't you think?"

"It was okay. Why can't you learn hip hop violin or some rock or something other than classical? I mean, this Bach guy is just not my style. Maybe one day, I will know how to listen attentively to classical music," My mom said.

"You know what, mom..." I wasn't even going to go there with her.

I mean, I think the day I am really good I will be able to make even my mom enjoy classical music. (We were watching Joshua Bell's New Year's Eve Concert and my mom kept trying to turn the channel every time I left to use the restroom. I stared at her in amazement because obviously I do not undertstand how she could resist Joshua Bell, but at the same time it made me happy to know that she just hates classical music, and when she tries to avoid listening to my playing, it's nothing personal or against me specifically. She just doesn't like classical.)

Maybe she will turn around with time like I did from when I first read the Art of Practicing to now.


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