Posted by blk1 on January 19, 2008
In the early fall I was dragging. I had a hard time adjusting back to a non-recital practice format and Jon got tougher with me, demanding I work more on my hand positions and he also stopped writing out the chords coming at me.
A good thing that happened was my move out of my isolation to begin playing in a duo. I have written about this new dimension to my push out of myself. Sue is the head of her high school music department and began taking lessons with Jon when students showed an interest in classical guitar. She was courageous, beginning an instrument along with her students and staying just a bit ahead of them.
When we began playing together we were both shy about playing together and as Jon maintains everyone comes with their strengths. I agree. I think I bring my passion for the sound and the parts I’ve been playing allow me to do that. Sue is on it with notes and the technique. Both of us enjoy the experience and see a good reason to spend this time together.
After a longer than usual break, we came to our lesson yesterday more timid than usual. It took most of the hour to really get comfortable again. We are planning to start weekly lessons soon. Jon was good. We found our way through a piece we usually nail and Jon then patiently took us from the end backward, line by line, section by section. Then the tougher piece and where I have been working on some of my tough parts, I was at a loss to be able to concentrate in front of someone other than Jon or Tuvia.
So I’m loving this and my sound is really taking off. I am more in control of the beautiful piece of wood, I work on.