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Joshua Bell

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

What the US violinist would tell his younger self

When I was a kid, I could play from memory almost immediately

I’d tell myself to appreciate my ability to learn new pieces quickly. It was much easier when I was a kid, and I could play from memory almost immediately. As an adult it’s much harder and I have to beat the notes into my head. I also worry much more about the music sticking, yet when I pick up a piece I’ve not seen since I was twelve or so, it comes back immediately.

I’d also encourage myself to learn a couple of languages. There wasn’t really the opportunity when I was at school, so it would have been a good thing to do at home. As a touring musician working with people from around the world, I would love to be able to discuss music in rehearsals in other languages. I can speak a little German, but French and Spanish would be handy too.

Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco



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