Friday, December 09, 2011
You would be surprised how hard it is to find a playable cello for an almost 4 year old. Well, maybe you wouldn't be. For a kid who comes from a long line of tiny hands (seriously, I once had a viola teacher- he was Russian old-school which I guess kind of speaks for itself- who told me to switch back to the violin) her current 1/16 was nearly impossible to play because of the strings being too high. Though she is now able to play notes clearly, I know (and her teacher has confirmed) that it shouldn't have taken as many tiger mother sessions as last week involved to get her to this point. Fortunately I have a lead on possibly a better option up in Maryland..... and also fortunately is that she was so excited by the beauty of her G today (4 on D) that she insisted on playing it over and over again as we both giggled (and I almost cried) joyfully. Ok, and besides the immense amount of time, frustration and tears, put into this miracle, was also an amazing tip from a friend back home. Phew. She's not scarred. Yet. Though she is now asking to switch to the violin - but that's because she thinks it would be easier. Surprise! It's not! Just more awkward, harder on the body, and louder to what has always been a sensitive ear.