The Practiced Life

10 05 2012

When asked by filmmaker Paul Balmer in 2006 how much he practices guitar these days, classical guitar virtuoso Julian Bream—seventy-two years old at the time—answered:

“I’m retired now so the practice is down to just four hours.”

Four hours.

Every day.

Seventy-two years old.

Inspiring.

I better get practicing….

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8 responses

10 05 2012
LaDona's Music Studio

Love it! 🙂

10 05 2012
Christian Fahey

Me too! It sets the bar high.

10 05 2012
David Kanigan

Short story but packs an incredible punch. Must re-blog. You hit it on the screws again Christian.

10 05 2012
Christian Fahey

Thanks David. In keeping with the post, I got some classical guitar practice in this evening as well. Felt inspired by the music of the great dead. Thanks for reading!

10 05 2012
LaDona's Music Studio

Was that video on the first time I saw this post? Glad I came back – what a stunning piece of music. I hadn’t heard it before.
The English horn is such a meltingly, hauntingly beautiful instrument – it evokes feelings no other instrument can. (Oh yeah, the guitarist wasn’t half-bad either!)

11 05 2012
Christian Fahey

I actually added that later (though I meant to add a Bream video when I first published). The Rodrigo Concierto, especially the Adagio 2nd, is profoundly beautiful. Bream was probably in his fifties in this video.

11 05 2012
David Kanigan

Reblogged this on Lead.Learn.Live. and commented:
Short story. Packs a wallop and a message for many of us. Christian hits it on the screws again…

11 05 2012
Christian Fahey

Thanks David!

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