The lesson with ElbertPosted: August 10, 2011
So I’m finally getting around to putting up something about my lesson with Elbert. I videoed the entire lesson (about 45 minutes) and edited it down to a little under 5 minutes of highlights.
Video editing is a pain in the butt.
Or maybe that’s just an excuse as to why I’m posting this a week after the lesson. Either way, here it is! First though, let me say a quick couple of words before you watch. Elbert is a buddy of mine, so at times it might sound like he’s being a smartass or giving me a hard time, and I just want to make it clear that he’s (probably) not like that with all of his students.
See what I’m talking about? I could have edited out him giving me a hard time (maybe he would have preferred it!) but I left them in for two reasons. First, they’re kind of funny. Second, and more importantly, they lead to a point I would like to make about doing a little project like this: you have to have thick skin. When learning something new, especially something inherently frustrating like an instrument, it’s essential to take it seriously, yet at the same time with a grain of salt. I think that it’s pretty important not to wrap up my personal self worth with how I’m playing the violin at the time; if I did, I’d be in the fetal position crying in the corner my entire life.