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Recently I’ve played for two violinists.  They are more than 20 years apart in age and experience.  Can you tell which is which?

There are several situations that occur frequently when two musicians collaborate.  I have had very different reactions to each of these musicians.  For example:

Phone and Email

Violinist A

rarely responds
avoids answering many crucial issues
no communication between concerts

Violinist B

responds quickly and with clarity
addresses all issues

Conversation

Violinist A

interrupts constantly
always talks about self

Violinist B

engaging conversationalist
includes everyone

Travel

Violinist A

remains aloof from travel companions
creates distractions:  makes cell phone calls; turns up radio

Violinist B

fun to travel with

Musical Preparation

Violinist A

none
changes program to accommodate lack of prep:

drastically slows tempo
cuts cadenzas
changes program, even if that means repeating the same music in the same venue  (“They won’t remember.”)

Violinist B

music learned before first rehearsal
improves between rehearsals and during each one as well
music memorized before performance

Backstage

Violinist A

goes off into a corner
practices loudly and furiously, making a show of learning the music

Violinist B

a little nervous ~ in other words, fine
interested in rehearsing a little with piano

By now you get the idea.

One of these violinists makes a living as a musician, the other is a high school student.  Can you tell which is which?

Thanks for voting in the poll!

Reblog this post [with Zemanta] The correct answer is #2.  Violinist A is the “pro,” Violinist B is the high school student.


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