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Sigh. Perhaps you can tell from the title of this blog post but I'm a wee bit discouraged. Last night's practice session was anything but encouraging. Admittedly I went into it with not such a good attitude - I believe I even wrote in yesterday's post that,"I find it [Clara Schumann's cadenza] a bit intimidating." Not a great way to start my practice time.
I did end up spending my entire session just on the cadenza because I wanted to get through more of it, thinking that would make me feel a bit better about my progress. But as you can tell I ended up stumbling quite a bit and even had a crash-and-burn ending - not something I usually encourage. In the video you can see me put my hand up to my face in dismay. Dramatic, aren't I?
But you know what? I think this is all good for others to see and for me to go through. It is, after all, the way it usually goes when learning and refining any piece of music. As long as I keep pushing ahead, I will make it to the other side. I always do. And in the end, that process of finding myself up against a wall will serve me well and will give me something to really feel proud of when I'm standing on the other side.
I've got some new tactics in mind for the next couple of days - I hope they will be enough to get me to the other side of this wall. After all, there are only 15 days left!
Attitude, attitude! Attitude is half the battle. And maybe some chocolate.