PEOPLE

John Largess

Friday, 12 April 2013

The viola player with the Miró Quartet shares the best advice he's ever been given

Time is a luxury that we have less and less of as our lives pass

When I was studying viola at the Curtis Institute with Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet, he always insisted that we work through each bar of every piece together in great detail. We questioned everything: possible fingerings and bowings, the technical difficulties, the colour and more. I found it frustrating and slow. In the midst of one particularly intense lesson, Michael told me: “I need you to practise thoughtfully as much as you can now. If you attain even half of the success you want, you will never have time to practise like this again. Time is a luxury that we have less and less of as our lives pass. If you don’t get a complete and deep grasp of making music on the viola now, you’ll always be struggling to keep afloat.” From that day forward, I spent a lot more time practising. More than that, I asked myself questions constantly.

Limited time only offer - 42% off
COMMENTS
comments

POST A COMMENT

Captcha
 
Cookie
serene violin solo pre-1917
Hi folks. For a story I'm writing I'd like suggestions for the most serene and...
Strings
I want to try some new strings on my violin. It's English, 1875, and has quite...
violin left hand position
I have a new student , quite advanced, who has a 'double jointed' left thumb...
Electric violin and bows stolen in London
My friend John Garner's asking for help regarding his electric violin. Please...
FOLLOW US
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  • Twitter
    Twitter
  • YouTube
    YouTube
  • Google+
    GooglePlus
THE STRAD'S NEWSLETTER

Reading The Strad puts you at the top of your game - Save 42% off a subscription today. That’s £22.41/ €49.95/ $51.88

View
X