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 wondered to have a new member for our "loneliness union"...And new chapter of my crazy self-taught life began.
In the end of 2007, my mom and I went to another city (in Java) to visit my cousins. One day, I went to a music store, got my eyes stuck into a nice looking Chinese student cello. That was the first time I saw and touched a cello.. I begged my mom to buy me the cello but she said, “Not now”.. I always understand our condition, We were not able to buy “non-primary” things most of the time
Around 2 months later, the cousins whom we visited came back to our city. And they brought me cello. Exactly the same cello I saw. My mom and my uncle saved up to buy it and secretly asked my cousins and their mom to bring the cello as they came back here. I was extremely happy and grateful.
Yes, it is a student-cello.. a cheap one, around $350. But I love the sound. I am happy to have it. To complete 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. Of course I KNOW I need a real teacher, but I must not be selfish, my family had struggled a lot for our living and I must be grateful enough to own what we could get.
In 2008, I met Eveline Philips, a pianist. She gave private lessons at home. She’s a mom of two boys who 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.
In 2011, she decided to build a small “homey” music school. I helped there as a volunteer, working in our small ensemble, mostly consisting of beginner violin students. 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 try my best, I never stop learning from many kindhearted musician/teacher friends. After lots of thinking and considering, finally I got 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 is a violin teacher who came from another city teaches in this music school (I wrote about him in the end of my previous blog), there’s also a good local violinist, who happens to be a friend of ours, teaches there.
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. Here it is..
(I apologize that this video isn't started from the very beginning.. technical problem of camera)
In this recital, I borrowed my student's cello. It's a very good one, far better than mine.
I thank Eveline Philips so much who made it all happened. She helps me on so many things in music. I owe her a lot.
Now I could grow a hope. A hope of many good things would happen.. And I’m still struggling for that little hope.
Thanks for reading :)
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