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Alex Shapiro, the composer who is the subject of our Music History page today, writes some good essays.  One of them struck me as worthy of paraphrasing for our Violin Student Tip page today.

Ms. Shapiro writes about one of her teachers, Mr. Leinsdorf, in the essay.  She writes that her teacher said that there were two things necessary to be successful.

Step one: Be passionate about the work and the pursuit of it.

No matter what you do you need to be enthusiastic about it. If you don't perform your task with enthusiasm, your results will be perceived as second best. I attended a concert several years ago. The solo violinist was internationally known. The piece was one he had recorded, with brilliant reviews. The newspaper review of his concert two nights before the one I attended were great! I was REALLY looking forward to the concert.

When the violinist came out onto the stage, he seemed like he was almost being forced out onto the stage. He didn't want to be there, and he was going to finish the piece and head back to his hotel room! At least that was the impression he gave. And the reaction of the audience was palpable. People were disappointed before the first note was played. Was that fair? No. But it certainly was understandable.  

When the soloist finished, my first thought was, "That was the performance of a master, but not a masterful performance." At first I thought perhaps I was the only one who thought that, but leaving the concert hall almost everyone I heard expressed the thought that the performance was not up to the standard they had expected. The poor performance started, in my opinion, with a poor attitude.

Step two: Truly believe that you are worthy of success. If you do not inherently and deeply believe this, then you are setting yourself up for failure, because if you do not have this faith in yourself, how can you possibly project your assets to others?

That's true as well.  If you don't believe that you are worthy of success in the endeavor, you will not do your best.  You won't communicate well with your teacher or audience.  In fact, you won't even like what you are doing!  Confidence is critical for you to provide an outstanding performance!

If you want to read the part of the essay I referred to, visit Ms. Shapiro's web site by clicking HERE.
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