I recently started teaching a viola student. I am having a lot of fun with it! I don’t really play viola, nor do I own one, but I decided today I know exactly what I want. Her viola is the same size as my violin–that’s what I need! A viola the same size as my violin. Then I can play the Walton Viola Concerto easily, without undue stretching. (I can just imagine my boyfriend Chris’s reaction to that statement…NOT pleased–a bit of a viola snob, he is…silly!). My younger sister became a violist the other year (from violin) and I believe the Walton was her primary reason. (Also, I think, doing something a bit different from her two older sisters). I’ll add “small viola” to my list of instruments to buy! (Mandolin being the other on the list, and of course, ultimately, a piano…)
I was really touched by the story about the Haitian violinist Romel Joseph today. Here’s a link to the story. I have no real words…just wow.
Follow up thought from earlier post: No matter how I act, not everyone is going to like me. Since I work primarily in a service oriented field (music for hire, or music lessons for hire) I spend much of my day acting in a way that I perceive to be “appropriate.” I want people to want to hire me to play, and I want to do that by acting in a most professional manner. Then I see other people (primarily Males, of course) who don’t worry in the slightest about being easy to get along with or nice, and having success in their lives…ugh, what a pain to have been born a middle child female who always just wants people to get along and wants people to like her, or at least well enough. Naturally I am ALWAYS going to be willing to work with people professionally and meet the needs of my clients, but perhaps it’s okay if not everybody agrees with me at all times (or for that matter, it’s okay if occasionally I might inadvertently do something or say something that someone else miscontrues or is mildly offended by?). Okay, now I’m definitely overthinking this whole thing!