Violin professor John Tiplady Carrodus (1836–95) exhorts students to show the same commitment to their craft that he did when he was a boy
Before commencing the serious study of the violin, it is important the student should be determined to devote his time to it exclusively; half-hearted work is no use, and much patience and earnestness are essential. The possession of an accurate ear is a great help and advantage. I believe, however, this can be cultivated, even if not there naturally, although difficulties are increased if this is not present as a natural gift…
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