I think my mandolin study is going better than my writing right now. I feel like I’m making more progress there. For one thing, I’ve got calluses on my fingertips now! (I’m very proud of these calluses!) I know all the notes in first position…I’m starting to play songs that have two notes on the same stem…and my teacher doesn’t cringe the whole time I’m playing anymore. He sort of closes his eyes and nods along as he accompanies me on his ukulele.
I’m moving into 16th notes, which requires moving the pick up and down really, really fast. I am not good at this. It’s hard to imagine I will EVER be good at this. My tone goes out the window…my wrist gets sore (because I’m not relaxing it like I’m supposed to)…I don’t have good control over which strings I’m plucking…and I just don’t move the pick fast enough. There’s got to be a secret to this…a secret beyond lots of practice. But once in a while I get a few 16th notes out and they sound okay. My teacher says to go ahead and slow down and just get the motion right. Speed will come. And in the meantime, he gave me some other stuff to work on. I LOVE this instrument!!!
Is all my creativity going into my mandolin right now??? Or do I just need more direction on the writing?