Letters to Tuvia Y3#sol18 Inspiration

 

Morning, in the Darkness,

I am happy to be back writing a Slice.  I’ve missed the daily demand.  I just trashed a complete slice and its title and photos to focus on what I didn’t get to yet:

Music! Playing guitar…

I had a lesson yesterday even though I didn’t get to practice much with the holidays in the way and away from home… but something has been breaking for me… my fingers are growing more and more comfortable on the guitar strings and frets… and finally… I hear a sound that I LOVE… not just like… LOVE!!!

So 18 years later… there’s LOVE!

After watching and falling in love with Itzhak Pearlman, the documentary of the man who made Schindler’s List, the tune, famous… I found it on guitar and over the years, I have been working on it… setting it aside… returning to it.

After I saw the movie a few weeks ago I was back with it… and I started working on it.  Last week I played it for my teacher, mostly terribly until he forced me to SLOW DOWN and move from one chord to the next ONLY when I knew where I was going…

SLOW PRACTICE demands confidence that you can keep hold of the piece even if it’s slow.

I heard what happened when the magic happened and I began an old custom.  Just as I closed down the house at the end of the day, I picked up my guitar and played Schindler’s List…my lullaby…

Yesterday, as my teacher sat in his chair for listening, I played slowly… even catching a big mistake and reworking it without nerves… I can make my guitar sing.

It’s been a long road to get here.  Thanks to you, Tuvia for cheering me on to this place.

I LOVE making music.  It’s happening!!!!
Bonnie S.

 

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5 thoughts

  1. I know this part, “SLOW PRACTICE demands confidence that you can keep hold of the piece even if it’s slow” is about playing the guitar, but it can be applied to many other aspects of life. Sometimes going slow is more than okay.

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