AOV update

March 12th, 2012

When I was young, I used to imagine myself to be a pretty good writer.

I was editor of my high school paper, editor of a student newspaper in NZ, and column editor for the American String Teacher, and I wrote a few articles that were published by Soundboard and the American String Teacher, among others.

However, nothing prepared me for the writing of my magnum opus, the AOV.

I’m not sure whether it was the sheer weight of the task, trying to reduce something as profound as virtuosity into a few simple principles, or whether it was just writer’s block.

But it took me eight years before I was happy with it.

Eight years of scribbling, the evidence of which is still scattered all over my house, in the form of scraps of paper and several hefty boxes of notebooks.

And at the end of it all – 35 pages.

And it seems the journey is still not finished yet. These past few weeks, I’ve been busy revising the chapter on rhythm and I think I’m finally happy with it. The ideas are still the same, what’s new is just the presentation.

I recently discovered the term ‘beta book.’ Well, I guess that’s what I’ve been doing these past nine years, writing a beta book. However, with this new rhythm chapter, I think I’m getting close to that final release version.

You can download the latest version of the AOV here.

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