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You Played Well Dad!

May 26, 2010 at 2:10 AM

 Three years ago, I invited my 5 years old son to learn the Violin. I signed him for a Violin Sampler class to see if he would enjoy it. The teacher was making it fun and my son enjoyed it but  as he is very distracted it was difficult to make him practice 5 minutes. Out of frustration first, I started to play the Twinkles with him. Three years later, we play the 1st movement  of the Concerto for 2 Violins in Dm from J.S. Bach. My son knows the 2 violin parts and I am still struggling to know the 2nd part. Tonight, I showed my son the recording of our recital on YouTube and he tells me: "You see Dad, that's the first time we caught you, here is the second time. You know Dad, you played well and we learn from our mistakes!" 

One day during our lesson, Judy Spokes-Cho our teacher told us: "When someone makes a mistake, don't stop and criticize but play something nice to help them."  I got lost several times but my son was a great team player, compensated my mistakes and made those errors less obvious. Check the video out on YouTube: Father & Son play Bach Double Concerto in Dm

From Kathryn Woodby
Posted on May 26, 2010 at 8:08 PM

That's waaaaay cool :)

From John Hartge
Posted on May 27, 2010 at 1:08 AM

That was thrilling to watch!  I'm about 1/2 way through the piece and can imagine what a delight it would be to have a family member to play it with.  Your son's right arm was wonderfully crisp in its movements.  Your music stand was so low, I expect you must have been playing mostly from memory.  Well done and thank you for sharing it. 

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on May 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Your son is fantastic!  Congratulations to both of you.

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