This is the continuation of my previous blog, about my life as a self-taught.
I have been learning to play the violin for over nine years as a self-taught..
My violin and I were so lonely. We were wondering, if only we could have a new member for our "loneliness union"...And then, the new chapter of my crazy self-taught life began.
In the end of 2007, my mom and I had a trip to another city (in Java) to visit my cousins. One day, I went to a music store, and got my eyes stuck into a nice looking student-cello. That was the first time I saw and touched a cello.. I begged my mom to get me the cello but she said, “Not now”.. I should always understand our condition, We were not able to buy “non-primary” things most of the time.
A few months later, the cousins whom we visited finally came back home to our city. And they brought me the cello. the exact same cello that I saw. My mom and my uncle saved up to buy it and secretly asked my cousins and their parents to bring the cello as they came back to Makassar. I was extremely happy and grateful.
Yes, it is a student-cello.. a cheap one, around $350. But I love the sound. It completes my little loneliness union, along with my beloved violin. But it is just another beginning of a new struggle. There is no any cello teacher in my city.. I was totally only on my own.. alone, again.
Luckily this time everything got a little better. I have better access to the internet. I found so many helpful online lessons, and of course kindhearted online friends I met in many social networks.
In 2008, I met Eveline Philips, a pianist. She gave private lessons at home. She’s a mom of two boys. Both of them also have learned piano from their mom since they're very young. We all make friends. I often ask her to accompany me to practice some simple violin/cello pieces.
Three years later, she decided to open a small music studio at her house. I helped there as a volunteer in a small ensemble, consists of beginner violin students. and I am the only cellist there.
A year later she asked me if I wanted to teach.. Yes of course I’d love to! I always want to teach. but of course I must consider a lot of things..well, I’m just a self-taught.. But I am trying my best, I never stop learning from many kindhearted musician/teacher friends. After spending lots of time thinking, and considering I finally have some guts to teach some beginning violin students and got my very first and the only one cello student. (Don’t worry, I won’t “harm” the kids due to my "self-taught-ness").. I’m not the only string teacher there. There are other 2 friends teaching violin.
Recently in February, we organized our own premiere student recital. I was performing there too, playing my own cello transcription of Debussy’s Nuit d’etoiles with Eveline.
In this recital, I borrowed my student's cello. It's a very good one, far better than mine.
I am so thankful to Eveline, who made it all happened. She helps me with so many things in my music journey. I owe her a lot.
I could finally grow a little hope..
Thanks for reading :)
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