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Amber Rollins


April 21, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I had a great violin lesson today. I wasn't looking forward to it, because it's Holy Week, I help out a lot at church, and I had little time to practice.

But my violin teacher is fantastic. After the usual preliminaries of tuning by ear (still getting the hang of that) and practicing my scale, we got down to business with the Mazurka. I know this is not the hardest solo in the world, but I still get rather large amounts of performance anxiety before having to play something, well, right.

That's what violin teachers are for. We broke things down, sped up the tempo, played one bit at a time, and in the end, I was playing it! And it sounded good, so good I had this odd feeling that someone else was playing it and I was just listening to it. Kind of a violin out-of-body experience.

So, I have my recital. And baseball game in May. And I have to play the chimes during Mass for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and (maybe) Easter. Rock on!

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on April 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM

That's cool!!!  These experiences are always inspiring and fun!  They tell you that you must be doing something right... : )

From Eileen Geriak
Posted on April 23, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Amber...that's fantastic !   I too play in a worship group at my church.  I've never had a teacher to takes me through all those "preliminaries" wish I did.....


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