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Amber Rollins

I Hear the T Word

May 14, 2011 at 9:03 PM

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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