(Photos by Lullette M.)
As many of you know, I am , in my heart and soul, a piano player. It's been as natural to me as breathing, eating bacon, flexing my calf muscles, and being hopelessly left-handed. I feel most at home when I sit at a piano. As Tom Cruise might say, it completes me.
One thing about myself that I've come to understand is that I am often not content with the status quo. I've always been one to learn something new and take on different challenges. Maybe it's just my nature or perhaps I am a glutton for punishment. Either way, this is who I am, and thus, so be it.
For several years now, I've been thinking a lot about cellos. I love the rich tones and textures they create. It is an instrument capable of creating such amazing beauty. Last October, I took on a very exciting and new challenge. I rented a cello and started taking weekly lessons.
My journey since then his been one of trepidation mixed with increasing moments of joy and satisfaction. Mind you, the cello is, in virtually every way, COMPLETELY different from the piano in terms of how the sounds are made. I am still in the process of trying to consistently create a rich and gorgeous tone, and as expected, I've had moments in which I just sound downright terrible.
Stringed instruments are unforgiving in the hands of a novice. The sounds coming through might only be similar to the screeching scream of someone about to die a violent death in the hands of a murderous, chainsaw-weilding serial killer.
Ok, maybe that's a bit dramatic, but my point is that, at times, I've sounded REALLY REALLY bad. Sigh.
It's a humbling experience compared to my very developed life as a performing pianist. In any case, I am grateful for the huge dose of humility. I'm slowly getting better, and I REALLY REALLY love it.
So, there it is. More or less, I now add the word "Cellist" to my Asian arsenal of skills, but it will be a long while before I find the confidence to play at shows. Someday though. Someday.
Speaking of someday, maybe I can play like these guys. This is a perfect example of what this instrument is capable of summoning. This is a rendition of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal on Cello.
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I think one of the things I love about playing the cello is that one literally embraces it when playing. It leans on me, and I hug it. Music can be such an intimate, comforting thing.
Have you ever hugged someone not wanting to let go? I guess that about sums it up.
Hugs to you.