May 2011

Play Ball! and Beethoven!

May 24, 2011 15:18

Well, i lived through playing the Star-spangled Banner at the Fort Worth Cats game on May 15th. Barely. I had walked a 5k the weekend before, and managed to tear a ligament, so my knee was not well. I had to go up and down stairs at the game, and then we waited out on the field in the sun for about 20 minutes. I don't know if they heat had something to do with it, but I though we all sounded out of tune. I was pretty disappointed, and paranoid that I was the one out of tune and completely ruining the song. I've since watched a DVD of it, though, and I don't think so. I also don't think it was as bad as I originally thought.

Still, we were treated nicely and it was a great learning experience to perform in public. I also realized another thing: I don't think I'll ever be that frightened to play again. I have a recital this weekend, and while I have to play alone, I'm not anywhere near as scared. I mess up? I hit a wrong note/ I forget where I am in the music? It's all right. I can deal.

Last week, I went to Meyerson Hall to hear the Dallas Symphony Orchestra do Beethoven's Ninth. Unbelievable. Just incredible. Life changing. Literally. Rather than making me feel inadequate, I think I've played better overall the whole last week than I ever have before. We'll see what happens Saturday. Or on Thursday, when I'll find out if my violin teacher hears the difference.

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I Hear the T Word

May 14, 2011 14:03

I'm playing third violin on the "Star Spangled Banner" tomorrow, arrangement by my teacher, Mary Nesvadba. The arrangement is quite good and not too difficult, but it's in a key I've never practiced before, so getting the right notes and fingering has been a bit tricky for me. Also (wah wah), I tore a ligament in my knee last week doing a 5K (walking, not running. Good Lord) and have been in rather a bit of pain. I did practice, but still felt stupid and slow at rehearsal with all the other violinists last Thursday.

Until my lesson the next day. i was still feeling discouraged and not too energetic. Mary, of course, wanted to practice my SSB part, which was fine with me. Much to my surprise, she thought I was doing well, especially considering I hadn't studied this before.

And then I heard it. The words I've been dying to hear. "You're very talented," she said. I couldn't believe it. I so often feel inadequate at violin and fear I'm just wasting everyone's time. I think I've been told I was talented at exactly one other thing in my entire life, and certainly never at anything musical.

I am over the moon. And a lot more ready to play in front of stadium full of people tomorrow. Hopefully.

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