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Marijke Welch


July 7, 2010 at 10:17 PM

So I had a REALLY great lesson last night. You know those ones that make you want to practice way more? Yeah it was one of those. The trouble is, I can't quite figure out why it was so great. Maybe the environment? I was downtown as opposed to going to my old high school for lessons. So maybe it was good getting into a new environment? I'm not sure. But I've practiced a lot today. My lessons are downtown from now on I think, so that's exciting. Maybe I will get more done this summer than I previously thought. I thought I'd be going back to school with unfinished music from another teacher, but it doesn't look like it. :D I am soooo enjoying playing the Lachrymae. It's challenging, but interesting to play. 

I've also gotten some more excerpts to learn. I can't say I was too excited, but I pulled out the recordings. Brahms 4 is really lovely. I never really give him enough of a chance because he's so complex. Everything I play by him I end up loving, but to start it's just sort of too much. Mendelssohn 3 is also on the list of stuff I need to learn. It's not too bad really. Does anyone use those International Edition excerpt books. What do you think of them? I've considered investing, but that's expensive. Am I better off ordering parts for the future?

Oh, thank you all for being so incredibly friendly. I have yet to figure out how to reply to comments, but it's so nice to see lots of friendly people on here. :)

From Terez Mertes
Posted on July 12, 2010 at 1:48 PM

 > The trouble is, I can't quite figure out why it was so great.

Yes, that seems to be part of the "magic." Same with practicing. Some days it's so good you marvel at the sound, the music produced. Other days and lessons, you just can't seem to do anything right. 

It would be nice to figure out just WHY a lesson/practice session goes so well - sometimes it seems to be independent of mood/time spent practicing prior/environment. Some days its just pure gold. I guess you just relish those days and keep your chin up through their dark twin, the Really Bad Day. Because they're all part of a lifelong practice.

Glad you're having some good ones!

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