A lot of my kid students (6-12 years old) say interesting things. Some of them will make you laugh, and others are downright profound. I present you with a sampling here to brighten the days of cucumber season (see Mara Gerety’s blog of 8/5/07.)
I know why I don’t do that right. It’s because I never think about it while I’m playing.
I’m so glad I started playing the violin and didn’t drop out. It’s fun to listen to music on the radio, but it’s more fun to listen to music when I play it. .
Sometimes playing the violin is a pain and sometimes it makes me feel good. I’m glad I’m doing it because it’s something I can do well even though I’m only a kid. I even impressed the grownups when I played for them the other night. .
This piece is hard. It has too many thirteenth notes. .
I call this piece (Etude in Suzuki Book 1) “Hey Dude.” .
(Re squeaky sound made by bowing too close to the bridge) The bow is crying because it hurts when I put it too close to the bridge. .
(Re spacing of first three fingers for F#G#A on E string) These two fingers (wiggles first and second) are friends, and these two fingers (wiggles second and third) are good friends. .
When you’ve memorized something and you know it really well, it stays with you forever, like bubble gum in your hair. .
When you first play a piece, the notes tell you what to play. When you know the piece really well, the music tells you what to play. .
My favorite piece so far is Oid (theme from last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth). .
To be a violinist, do you have to know what the different keys are? (from a kid who will not practice scales) .