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From Dress Rehearsal to Final Bow: Recap, Lessons Learned and the Search Begins…

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” -Bernice Johnson Reagon It’s taken me a couple of days to process the concert experience: there was just so much to grok from … Continue reading

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OK cellists: need your input

I finally figured out what’s been so damn confounding about Brandenburg and I need your two cents. My sheet music comes with fingerings that make sense but contradict my standard D Major scale fingerings to the point where it throws … Continue reading

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Finding My Longing for the Sea

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery A … Continue reading

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When the biggest challenge is to do “nothing”

It always interesting to discover what element of a piece is going to be particularly challenging. Sometimes it’s obvious – like the counting in Rigadoon (one-e-and-a-two-e, say what?!) or crossing strings or a shift but most of the time it … Continue reading

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Plays with others (‘well’ might be a stretch)

Tuesday night’s “audition” went something like this: I walked in all sweaty palmed and trembling. I was seated next to the violist. I unpacked and introduced myself to the two other cellists (also new). Introductions were made followed by light … Continue reading

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Breakthrough!

Tonight, while I was practicing the French Folk Song, O started humming a familar nursery rhyme from the kitchen. As usual, I heard lyrics first in German, then French (did I mention my awe and  faux-jealousy that O happens to … Continue reading

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