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Maria Kliegel

Thursday, 01 August 2013

Some words of wisdom from the international concert cellist and pedagogue

Memory training is key for making progress with dependable results

Having talent is like carrying a passport – you can travel, but you have no guarantee of reaching your destination. Learn to plot your travel schedule, safely navigate your own course, and keep a fine personal balance between your instincts and intellect in taking risks.

Compete with yourself, not with others.

When we stop during a practice session, it’s usually because something is disturbing our ears or physical feeling. But you might also interrupt your practice after playing something extremely beautifully or skilfully. Practising in this way will put you in a creative and emotionally positive frame of mind. Give it a try and enjoy it.

The moment you have played or heard a note, it is gone with the wind. The memory – the control system for attentive listening – has to take over and give advice. So memory training is key for making progress with dependable results.

Music is an inspirational and emotional gift to be shared worldwide. A performer should never use it to show off like a peacock looking for a wife on a sunny afternoon.

Originally published in The Strad, August 2013. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial.

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