I don’t usually let my cats in my practice room, but I often think about them when I practice because doing so helped me with bowing, fingering and even phrasing.
This evening, Oscar Da-Mao (the largest and sweetest male cat of the three in our house) sneaked into my practice room and lying in front of with his belly up and loudly purred while I was practicing. I reached out with my toes to rub his belly while keep practicing. All of a sudden, my Viotti sounded so gentle and sweet!
Does your cat help with you practicing or playing? If you don’t have a cat, what other living creatures or tangible objects around you helped improving your technique or musicality or both?
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