Anyway, due to my recent lack of practicing, I was thinking about a comment / observations that around the "two year mark" seems to be where people drop off with regards to playing cello because life seems to get in the way, or they decide it's not something they want to pursue long term. Or maybe some people come to the conclusion that the 2 years of practice isn't worth the "reward"; that is, knowing "just enough" to play through songs and certainly not the way we would have liked or anticipated after playing for 2 years!
I've also heard quite a few cellists, who had been playing around 2 years, comment that they just had to "get to the 5 year mark, and then they would be okay." So what happens at the 5 year mark?? Is that the point where we magically know how to play the cello? Please say "YES!!" ;) ...right? ..someone... anyone??
At any rate, I figured I should list some things that inspire me to keep motivated for the upcoming year! I've been thinking about doing this post for a few days now, but coincidentally happened to run across Mike Block's post first! Oh well! http://unresolvedcadence.com/2013/05/29/15-ways-to-stay-happy-and-motivated-to-play-music/
Anyway, things that inspire me and/or keep me motivated:
- My teacher Clayton: for being the most talented, hard-working, kindest, dedicated and most humble person I know. I really don't know how he does it! And because he makes me feel like that I can do anything that I set my mind to! I'm going to miss him when he finally wins that audition, which I have no doubt he will do!
- My teacher Adam: for being a wonderful teacher! Being an extremely patient and understanding - yet "strict," and knowing that I'm a total spaz! Making sure that I get the pieces the best that I can, even though most of the times I was pretty certain that was all I could do, and also understanding that my rhythm is a work in progress, but is still confident that I'll get it eventually! ;)
- YouTube videos! Without YouTube videos of cellists, I would definitely not be as inspired at learning how to play the cello! Every time I find a great cellist, I immediately run back to my cello and practice some more! Well, after watching it a billion times first! lol!
- Playing with others! There really is something to be said about learning and sharing music with others. It's just much more fulfilling!
- Blogging!! It helps me feel accountable and keep what I've learned fresh on my mind, especially when I keep up with my lesson notes.
- Having a To-Do List of songs! I always think, "when I get to that level, I'm going to play ______, and it's going to be KICK-ASS AWESOME!" At which point, I typically dork out and imagine a beautifully executed, soulful performance by yours truly! LOL! ...such a dork! ;)
- Finding like-minded musicians! I've met some really awesome cellists, composers and musicians who are all very passionate about learning music. The "music world" is really a different world unto itself... I am just so fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful people!
- Learning about the instrument or related items! I love geeking-out on learning about cellos, bows, rosins, tailpieces, strings, music software, etc. With accessories, I always think, "maybe this will make be sound better!!!" which kind of tricks me to practice more to test it out! So gullible... kind of sad that I can "trick myself" into practicing more!
Goal for next weekend: Judas Maccabeus recording with vibrato (I hope!). :)