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paradoxes of musicianship
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A neat post from the Cello Chat forum thread about goals for 2009, which I'm capturing here as much for me as for anything:

One thing I find fascinating about learning cello, and did not at all expect, is the paradoxes. Now that I've met some of them, my hope for 2009 is that I allow myself to appreciate and revel in them.


To stop trying harder; instead, to just try easier.

To play fast calmly; to play loud gently; to play slow swiftly; to play soft intensely; to play easy things with attentive, loving care; to play hard things undeservedly carefree.

Instead of frustration, to allow myself unwarranted pleasure and joy in visiting and re-visiting my weak areas, with unworried faith that it'll come together, whenever I eventually allow it.

To hear the musical forests, instead of trees of notes.

To feel more, listen more, absorb more, hear more, sing more, dream more, express more, enjoy more. Worry, doubt, fear, control, and struggle (and ok, write!) less.

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Modulo a few discipline-specific words, you've just described most of the craft of acting. The only way to get your voice to fill the room is to relax. The only way to handle a really frenetic or tightly choreographed scene is to move into it as fluidly and with as little wasted effort as possible.

One of the marks of a really good actor is the desire - enthusiasm, really - to keep working a scene until it feels right.

Funny, but I never considered that those same principles might apply to playing music. How very stupid of me not to have thought of it before. 8^)

I love that quote so much. I should print that out and put it on the wall of my practice room. :-p

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