I’m still plugging away at my cello lessons and just wanted to give a shout out to my teacher, Gretta Sandberg, who, with the skill of a seasoned professional, knows how to hand out compliments and encouragement like candy into the empty bucket of a sad trick-or-treater.
Her words are always true, which can make it a challenge with a student like me, who is, often as not, sending something terrible and screechy into the airwaves around us.
My favorite Gretta line so far has to be: Wow! Look at the progress you’re making! You actually talked to me while you were playing! You couldn’t have done that a couple of months ago!
Yes, I can chew gum and walk (or in my case, move my bow across the strings and talk) at the same time.
Seriously, I have to admit that the compliment pleased me out of all proportion.
A good teacher reminds you that you really are doing better, even when you can’t see (or hear) it.
Love, The One Who Can Talk and Bow at the Same Time