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Emily Grossman

Trade Secrets

November 20, 2006 at 10:06 AM

This week, when I did practice, I practiced the Sarasate arpeggios while balancing on one foot, and I worked on the Bach Partita in the dark. It works. It gives the mind something to think about other than trying to play arpeggios (since Sarasate arpeggios tend to happen best when one is not thinking too much about them) and brings out the colors in the Bach, like technicolor. Everyone should play in the dark. It’s pretty much amazing, even better than playing with flashlights.

Playing on one foot is best with no shoes on.

And that’s all my advice for the day; can’t give away all my secrets, now.

From Tom Holzman
Posted on November 20, 2006 at 4:14 PM
Presumbaly when you finished the Sarasate, you heard the sound of one hand clapping.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 20, 2006 at 7:29 PM
Is that what that was?
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on November 20, 2006 at 11:42 PM
Nah, it was one foot tapping.
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on November 21, 2006 at 4:49 AM
Which foot?
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on November 21, 2006 at 8:21 PM
The one on the ruler.

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