A state of mindMarch 23rd, 2013
Some people, I’ve noticed, only see the difficult in things.
You can give them the simplest things and they will find some way to make it complicated.
For these people, life is hard, it’s a constant struggle.
Virtuosos think and work differently.
Instead of making things complicated, they simplify them.
Instead of seeing the difficult in things, they see the easy.
This point was brought home to me never more forcefully than in a recent viewing of Paco de Lucia playing the Aranjuez concerto.
As I wrote in my previous post, there’re some advantages to living in the 21st century, one of which is youtube and the other is the VLC media player.
Now watching Paco play the first movement in slow motion, I was amazed to see how he simplified the score.
One scale, in particular, caught my eye. This is the scale which first occurs at 02.23 and is repeated five more times and in four different keys in the piece.
What do most people do with those scales?
They play them with a different fingering every time.
But not the Maestro. He plays the scales the same way every time. Whether it’s in D or F or C, he uses the same fingering in all of them, thereby effectively reducing four scales to one.
And it just goes to show that virtuosity is mostly a state of mind.
If you have the virtuoso state of mind, virtuosity will occur naturally, a logical outcome of that mindset.
I’ll be posting a series of articles soon.
This will be the beginning of a new book titled, “How to become a virtuoso in 60 days.”
Yes, it sounds a little bold and provocative, I know.
Can one really achieve virtuosity in 60 days?
Well, you’ll have to read the posts to find out. But you can probably guess the answer from the first part of this post.
Virtuosity is mostly a state of mind.
And it shouldn’t take more than 60 days to change your state of mind.