I was looking for an excuse to draw everybody's attention to this video, and I've realised that another discussion here provides me with one. The girl is Yu-na Kim, aged 19. Isn't it almost as though she is celebrating, enjoying, or even exulting, in the very fact that she is alive? Talk about making the most of yourself, of becoming all that you could be.
The other discussion has turned into one about whether you can improve your playing from technique books. It is here:
(I know I could have added this post as a reply to that other discussion, but I wanted this one to have its own headline.)
Here's the question: can reading a thousand books bring you to the point where you can perform like Yu-na Kim? Clearly and obviously not. As the commentator said, It was from the heart. You can't teach that. You can't make somebody do that. It comes from a special place.
But suppose you are at a different level of ice-skating from her, and there are obstacles you are up against which you don't seem to be able to get past, or which are a nuisance. Might scanning some books written by experienced coaches or performers, in addition to your sessions with your coach (especially if you do not have a coach) not give you some new ideas?
I've watched the video more than ten times now, over the last few days, and it remains as thrilling as it was the first time...
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