Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Suzuki Be Damned
That's right, I said Suzuki be damned. As in the Suzuki Method. This is my experiment. I was a student of the Suzuki Method for 14 years. I learned to play beautifully and even completed a senior recital with selections from Grieg, Debussy, and Joplin. The problem is that I never truly learned music theory. That, plus the way the Suzuki Method teaches, I have almost completely lost all the songs I had committed to memory. I am going to start over, in a way, and learn music theory. I am also going to re-commit my senior recital pieces to memory. I will post links from Youtube soon of what still remains in my memory. I intend for this to be a daily exercise that I commit at least one hour each day to. I intend to relearn Clair de Lune, Golliwog's Cakewalk, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Notturno, and the Maple Leaf Rag over the next six months (if not less). After that, I will embark on a new endeavor to learn new pieces by Debussy with a set time limit. Impressionistic works will be my focus. So, day one will be starting soon! I'm looking forward to this journey!