'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Superior Man

I have just been reading Jessica Duchen's Classical music blog and she is talking about the torment of proof reading the final copy of her book. This must be hard as it is the last chance to make any alterations.
In 1999 Robin wrote 'The Guitar Gymnasium' which is published by Mel Bay. Whilst the book is aimed at guitarists, in that there are many studies and exercises, throughout the text he has added many quotes and thoughts that he has found helpful over the years as a performer. These can be applied not only to musicians but I feel many people could gain some comfort from them in all walks of life.
One of my favourites is, 'The superior man is distressed by his want of ability.' Confucius 551-479 BC.
The artist Vincent Van Gogh has proved his place in history, even if it wasn't in his own life time. This is what he wrote in a letter to his brother Theo:
'It constantly remains a source of disappointment to me that my drawings are not yet what I want them to be, the difficulties are indeed numerous and great, and cannot be overcome at once. To make progress is a kind of miner's work; it doesn't advance as quickly as one would like, and others also expect, but as one stands before such a task, the basic necessities are patience and faithfulness. In fact, I do not think much about the difficulties, because if one thought of then too much one would get stunned or disturbed.' Vincent Van Gogh.
I hope that Jessica can gain some comfort from these quotes, she is after all, not alone in her torment.

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