A student passes a trial by fire

Marko actually played a small piece by Bartok for a sold-out audience at his local music school the other evening. We worked daily on Skype the week before – I really put him through his paces. Again the work was clearly to get both sides of his brain involved, through rhythmic over-accentuation, through agonizingly slow but amazingly effective metronome practice, and through listening to the actually durations and tone colours of the sounds he was producing. Quite a transformation!

The end result was “only” a humble little Bartok number; only he and I knew the amount of sweat and work that went into it!


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