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A word of encouragement (possibly)

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Sep 9, 2019 - 1:21:59 PM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

45 posts since 9/1/2019

Well I was contemplating the meaning of life and listening to heavy metal the other day… ok just kidding. But I was thinking (that’s dangerous, last time I thought someone almost lost a hand… jk) I was thinking about musicianship and came to an encouraging, or discouraging, realization; you will never “get there” cuz the moment you get “there” you’ll look over the hill you just climbed and realize that the next one is where “there” is. This could be discouraging, but I would look at it as encouraging. Because if you hadn’t climbed that metaphorical hill you’re currently standing on, you would have never even seen the next one. And remember, you can’t travel between one hill and the next without walking through the valley in the middle. Your knowledge is like a candle; the bigger the circle of your knowledge gets (the brighter your candle) the bigger the circle of what you don’t know gets outside it. Each new thing you learn will bring to your attention at least two things you have yet to learn. This is actually a good thing, as it means you’re learning, though it may not feel like it. So keep at it, you’ll get there, even though you’ll never get there, cuz whenever you get where the icecream truck was, it’ll already be to the next block. But even professionals, I believe, never “get there” cuz they are always learning too. The moment you decide that you’ve “made it” you’ll stop trying to learn, so just don’t. If you’ve made it this far, you’re either really bored or you’ve been reading Greek philosophy and needed to clear your head :joy::joy: anyway, I hope this was more encouraging than discouraging, I think maybe I should start a blog

Sep 9, 2019 - 6:02:53 PM
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199 posts since 11/5/2014

Yes, this resonates!

Sep 9, 2019 - 6:36:07 PM

332 posts since 8/10/2017

It's like that with everything. The longer I work at my job the less I feel I know. I've now been doing this so long that when I interview or meet some young guy who seems really confident in his knowledge, I know that he's really dangerous. If you're confident in your knowledge, you don't know enough.

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:46:57 AM

gapbob

USA

613 posts since 4/20/2008

The process of learning is "there".

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:00:39 AM

401 posts since 9/1/2010

The fiddle is such a demanding instrument with so many variables at play.  Some days my intonation is great...other days not so much.  The bow is my constant challenge though.  Every time I pick the fiddle up I am trying to improve how I move the bow.  Sometimes it is specific to a tune, and sometimes it is experimenting with different rhythms, holds, short strokes, long strokes, bow rocking, etc..  I feel it will be a lifelong thing experimenting with this sort of stuff, but I don't mind at all.  It's these very things that lure me to the fiddle.

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:21:21 PM

7466 posts since 3/19/2009

Dragonslayer.. You look like 20... but sound like 80.. Good for you to realize all this stuff so young.. Just the other day I told someone, "Someone.. I used to think that I was a pretty good fiddler , but realize now,  that I'm just learning..always.. It truly is the journey and we Never reach the end of it.."

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 09/10/2019 13:21:46

Sep 11, 2019 - 2:04:54 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

45 posts since 9/1/2019

quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver

Dragonslayer.. You look like 20... but sound like 80.. Good for you to realize all this stuff so young.. Just the other day I told someone, "Someone.. I used to think that I was a pretty good fiddler , but realize now,  that I'm just learning..always.. It truly is the journey and we Never reach the end of it.."


Thanks Lee, I just turned seventeen yesterday, but I always feel like my thoughts and opinions and tastes are closer to those of a 50+ year old in several ways. At least it's a fun journey we'll be on till we die! laugh

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