September 2009

No, YOU’RE wrong!

September 8, 2009 15:49

Must be that time of the month…………….when I complain and moan about something!

Following on from my last blog, I am slowly learning to – feel – the music, and when I mean slowly, I really mean slowly. Even with all the hundreds of other things I need to think about. Thanks for the advice, especially to those who are in the same boat – it’s comforting knowing you’re not alone in your struggles to become the world’s best violinist!!!!!!!!:) Well, at least in my mind.
So there I was, playing a piece to my teacher. It’s in a minor key and felt like a slow soft almost sad piece to me so obviously that was reflected in my playing. At the end she congratulated me for feeling the music and here I was with a big grin on my face (it’s not often my teacher smiles during my lessons). Then she said, “but that’s not how it goes” and when she played it, it was loud and fast, the bow strokes were heavy and deliberate – I felt like going for a run after because of the energy she was using. It was opposite to the way I had interpreted the music, which happens with pretty much every piece of music between us. I tried to play with the same brio, but it just didn’t……….well, it didn’t feel right. So now I’m stuck with a piece that I play perfectly when I interpret it, but rather crap when played opposite to what I feel.
I’m inclined to go with her interpretations of music as she has 20 years experience on me but I’m wondering if there will ever come a day, when I will be able to feel/hear what she feels/hears in a piece. Or maybe correct interpretation only comes with experience. Or do you get to a stage (a way later stage for me) when you never get it wrong. Maybe some people are unable to interpret music the way it’s supposed to be interpreted.
 I guess it’s a good thing though. At least I get to practice music from both ends of the ‘feeling spectrum’. I will either end up a very confused violinist, unable to interpret music correctly, or devoid of feelings altogether. Yet another quest in my struggle to become the world’s best violinist! (duh da ra ra tah tah tuh! Trumpets sound as I exit).

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