Revenge of A Table

My daughter is about 9 months old. She is crawling now. Mobility is exciting but it requires an attention not unlike learning a new language or learning an instrument. You are stuck in that slow state of reviewing what you try to master. How to play E major; what is avoir vs. être. She has to remember how to balance each arm movement plus keep her head up and see what is in front of her. Hence she wobbles moves forward has a great time and then unexpectedly trips or shifts her head too quickly and experiences an impact with a stable object and it hurts. She wails. I remember this too – looking at the table top or the chair that “hit me” and wondering how to hurt it back – just to be fair.

One of the two best directions I was ever given for mastering things musical was to practice at the speed at which I could do it perfectly. Have tried to impress this upon occasional students but it’s rare anyone grasps the power of slowing down and doing it perfect. It’s about consciousness. It’s like the zen precept.  Before studying Zen a person eats when they are hungry and sleeps when they are tired but after rigourous training, study and commitment – they  eat when they are hungry and sleep when they are tired.

6 thoughts on “Revenge of A Table

  1. tim posgate

    Hey Bob, I didn’t know you became a Dad. Congrats!! Very cool. Enjoy the period when they can’t move as once they can really move…everything changes forever. Hope to see pushing a stroller in the hood soon. tp

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  2. Tammy

    Bob, I love what you had to say about practice – It is very difficult for students to do this UNTIL they have had the discipline to actually try it and see, hear, and feel the growth that comes. It takes patience and trust
    This is a wonderful picture of you and the sweet sweet Esme!! I hope to meet her in person soon – Love to all of you!!

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  3. Fat Charlie

    “One of the two best directions I was ever given for mastering things musical was to practice at the speed at which I could do it perfectly.”

    will you say what is the other best direction?

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    1. Bob Wiseman Post author

      The other was to imitate the person who already has the knowledge you’re seeking, imitate them intellectually or physically, imitate their work, their body anything/ everything.

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