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Mendy Smith

5 years, 5 teachers

April 13, 2009 at 2:01 AM

It is always difficult moving out of state (or country).  You have the packing and moving to contend with, finding a new place to live, dealing with changes of addresses, etc.  For we amature musicians, we have the additional tasks of finding a new teacher, new community orchestra, new luthier, etc.

I just had the second lesson with my new teacher.  Last week I played the Bloch, this week the Bruch with more expressive fingerings.  Outside of some phrasing advice, my new teacher suggested that we start with something new since those two pieces seem just fine for the most part.  So, next week we continue with my Bach by 40 goal.  I'm down to the 4th and 6th Suites - the two my teacher never studied much.  To give him time to prepare, we will be starting with the 2nd Prelude - one I haven't played in many years, before I learned how to shift out of 1st position.  In a manner of speaking, it will be fresh and new all over again. 

One thing about having had 5 teachers in as many years, I know what to expect in the development of the student/teacher relationship.  We are still getting to know one another.  It will take several weeks, if not months, to build that special bond where a single word carries pages of meaning .  I am learning his teaching style, and he is discovering how I learn and what my skills and deficiencies are.  So far, he's been easy on me - no grueling exercises assigned, no 3 octave scales at speeds where my fingers feel like falling off.  I wonder how long this will last.  I actually enjoyed the torture.  Maybe I should tell him.... or not.

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