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October 11, 2004 at 1:54 PM

So I just had my 3rd lesson of term and have been informed that i need to start using a metronome every time i practise and subdivide subdivide subdivide!! and stop playing over the finger board and also become aquainted with 7.30am and not turn into a student dosser getting up at 11am every day. My teacher's right but eurgh i hate being tired!

It was a really good lesson though coz i now know exactly where my problems are but also what my potential is - which is definitely greater than I would have thought. Now I just need to motivate myself to start practicing 3 times a day and focus on everything he said -rhythm, quality of sound, awareness of my playing, not making screwed up faces everytime i hit a wrong note, etc... I am chuffed though because apparently I am very responsive, and could be a really excellent violinist so long as I take on board what he's telling me.

I went to a Tasmin Little/Martin Roscoe recital on Friday - they played Schubert sonatina, Brahms sonata #3, and the Strauss sonata. It was a lovely concert and the friendly interaction between the two was lovely to watch. It was an intimate concert and I was about 3ft from Ms Little, and really enjoyed the chance to watch her tiny hands racing comfortably all over the instument - I love watching petite people play to see how they play difficult stretches and chords, especially as I have such small hands myself. And I was delighted to see my rock-guitarist boyfriend enjoy his first introduction to live classical music and also recognise the Brahms after hearing it on my cd player a few weeks ago.

Off to practice now. First session of 3 methinks. Have a good day everyone, wherever you are!

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