'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

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Day Before A Robin Hill Concert

The day before a concert is always a busy time here. Robin tends to do all his usual right and left hand exercises, not forgetting scales and arpeggios. Yes, any students out there reading, it is important to do these and you will see the benefits over time.
Then he will run through the actual programme. I think that I have heard it twice today so far. The concentration involved is immense. Many times I have walked into the room and Robin hasn't known I've been in, or I have made him jump, (not recommended whilst holding a valuable instrument..)
On the day of a concert he will practice until he needs to leave the house, arriving at the venue with an hour or so to warm up.
I'm sure all musicians have their own methods, but this seems to be the one that works for Robin.
Sometimes when talking to members of an audience they have been surprised at the amount of practice done. I usually point out that you wouldn't expect an olympic athelete to turn up without having done any training, months/years of hard work have gone into preparing for that race.
Well, it's pretty similar for Robin.

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