Now that Christmas is only two days away, and holiday performances are behind me, I feel like I have a clean slate to work with. Being part of several holiday concerts this year was much different from last year. Back then I was new to ensemble playing and playing the violin was still so awkward. This year the music was the same even if my part was different. It was like meeting an old friend. Not many faces in the studio have changed, so I was able to smile and make small talk with the kids. Best of all, I finally met one of the other adult starters. He was performing in public for the first time. Oh, how I could relate to those first time nerves! He did great, by the way.
My line of business doesn’t shut down for the holidays, so no extra days off are in the works. But I’m really motivated to buckle down and put in some quality practice in the evenings. My next lesson won’t be until after the first of the year so I have time to focus on some of the challenging bits in my current concerto, learn a new piece, and tackle a new etude. Even more exciting is that at my last lesson I was directed to order the music for the Bach Double. It feels like I have reached a major milestone. Now the real work can begin.
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