Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ryanna Completes Book 3 of Suzuki

To celebrate Ryanna's completion of Suzuki Book 3 violin, we held a small concert in our house. We had friends who live nearby come listen to her play the last five songs from Book 3 and the first concerto from Book 4 all from memory. She did an amazing job. I can't believe how many notes that is to put in memory, but she manages to do it. 
She started when she was just a little older than 3 and it has not been an easy journey all the time. Just like any child, she doesn't want to practice. I actually practice with her and I enjoy it, but our practice sessions usually begin with, "Noooooooo...." and a little bit of groaning. There have been times when I've wanted to quit. The frustration between her and myself was something I worried I would look back on with regret. I didn't want to sacrifice our relationship for the sake of developing a talent. 
It has gotten better as she has gotten older. I look at her musicality and think that if I had not encouraged her, I would feel guilty because I see in her an innate ability to hear and duplicate music. I see a skill that amazes me on a daily basis. She's still working on fine tuning details, but I think that's a never ending journey for all musicians. I'm grateful for her talent and that she and I have had this time to practice together. To look at the notes and shake our heads wondering how in the world to read it sometimes and laughing when we look back at some songs that seemed difficult and now are easy.  
These are two of the songs that she performed. I couldn't be more proud.

Concerto Number 2 in G Major, Opus 13, 3rd Movement by Seitz

Bourree by Bach


Sabina said...

Awesome Job Ryanna! That is really tough stuff. I am wondering, though, Audrey, where your performance is? Could you send me a couple of numbers? I can't believe you can still play that stuff. I can barely keep track of the notes. Go Super Mom!!

Jacqueline said...

Congrats to you and Ryanna. Nice to see some familiar faces in the background.

Lacey said...

Very nice! Great job Ryanna!

Carianne said...

Ryanna- You play beautifully. You have practiced a lot!! Not many kids your age can play like that. Keep practicing, I promise it only gets better.

Annie said...

Brava! You did a great job Ryanna! And you too Audrey. I know all too well about wanting to quit... Keep it up Ryanna you will look back and have wonderful memories and Carianne is right it gets better and better and so much FUN!

Trevor said...

Ryanna, you are amazing! All your effort is definitely yielding some beautiful results.