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Amber Rollins

Tiny Little Baby Steps

April 9, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Besides my A-major scale, the perfect intonation of which still eludes me, I have to learn Mazurka. I know this is not the hardest thing in the world, but it's a bit of a challenge to me and I want to play it well for the recital.

It helps a great deal to follow the advice of my violin teacher (imagine that!) and take it in steps. I realize this is elementary to many players, but it might help someone else who's just learning.

My learning steps:

1. Read the notes aloud.

2. Finger the notes.

3. Play the notes pizzicato.

4. Play the notes with the bow evenly and without regard to rhythm.

5. Play the piece correctly a little at a time.

6. Play the entire piece.

In other news, I may have to learn not one but three new things soon. In addition to playing the recital, I might also play a couple of songs with some other students at a local sporting event. Playing in public! We'll see.

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