Saturday, February 09, 2008

Her second instrument

Erin started violin about two years before she began taking piano lessons. For years it looked like despite the later start, piano was truly her instrument. It appealed to her sense of order, to her visual learning style, to her introverted personality. Violin bubbled to the top periodically, because of its innately social nature and the ease of participating in ensemble experiences on a stringed instrument. But piano seemed to grab her on a day-to-day basis in a way that violin didn't. In the last six months, though, piano has moved onto the back burner, and violin has become the passion.
While she noodles about on piano a fair bit and is still taking weekly lessons, I think she only practices two or three times a week. Still, she is a pretty amazing pianist, one who can pull a bit of Chopin out to contribute to a friend's coffee house and play it like this...


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