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September 9, 2013

ain't all roses

Today was one of those days I couldn't wait to finish whatever I was doing so I could practice. And when I finally started practicing, it was terrible! I was scratchy, I was out of tune, I was late, early, uneven. Even my happy friendly viola sounded hoarse today, definitely not beautiful. Still, I muddled through the long list of things I wanted to work on. I tried to devote the right amount of time to each things, which is to say I wouldn't let myself get fixated on the general lousiness and work on something longer than would be productive.

Two things I really want to remember:

1) lessons are not about performing something perfectly for the teacher. They are more for identifying problems and trying to fix them.

2) the time to repeat something over and over is when you start getting it right, not while you're still doing it wrong.

Posted by joe positive at September 9, 2013 9:49 PM

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