Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Rules of Life

1. People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

3. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.

7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

9. People really need help but may attack if you do help them. Help people anyway.

10. Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in te teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.


Jean & little violinist A.J. (-: said...

Hi, just dropping by....very nice BLOG!
(Please forgive my son that he clicked on the BLOG FLAGGED...don't know how many times)I'll browse around and see if there is a way I can correct the sorry!

Meatball said...


Don't worry about it. :)
How old is A.J.? He plays violin right? Judging from the nickname...

A.J.'s mom said...

One of AJ's practice videos...from this URL, you can find out few others.....please feel free to drop your comments, so he can do better. Why by the name A.J., you related it to violin??? He is 9 yrs. old and has studied violin for exactly one year and nine months today! (-:

Meatball said...

No, I guessed it because your first msg read "Jean & little violinist A.J. (-: said...". I figured that AJ must play violin otherwise he couldn't be a little violinist.

He is very talented! It is amazing what he can do in 1yr and 9 months!

AJ's mom said...

Hi, Meatball,
I often visited your BLOG to find useful information related to violin study....really appreciate your generosity. I got permission to upload a video(just a little bit) of my son's violin maestro playing Shostakovich and would like to share it with you..hope you'll like it as much as we do.

Meatball said...


Wow, he is good! First when I read the name, I thought, hey, Povlov is teaching already? Then it turned out just to be someone else with the same name (got a friend, also a violinist, his name is also povlov).

How's AJ's vibrato practice going? That's the only thing bugging him in the last video I saw.

Jean said...

I'm glad you like it! Here is something I wrote about what AJ's been studying for the past few weeks.

All his partituras are from Russia and I don't understand a word at all, well, only "Moscow". I tried to search the name of his scales & arpeggios in your articles, but couldn't find any name like it. The maestro pronounced the name like "Gregorian" or "Gregoriya".
Best Regards,

Meatball said...

Hi Jean,

What are partituras? I don't know what this word means.

Russian schools have like the best technical training programme. I understand their principles of technical training (although not in detail), and I agree with almost all of them. Frankly I wished everybody would do the same.

"Gregorian" scales? I am sorry, I haven't seen them before. But you know, there are only THAT many different things u can do with scales.

Stretching is also about balance. it is easier to feel the "weight" is more bias towards the pinky , so u kind of "pull back" your index finger more. This should help but I suspect AJ's teacher already told him about it.

Jean said...

Thanks! "The best technical training programme....", well, then I should just let go all the names in Russian and trust the maestro. Sorry about my very messed up language..partitura(music sheet?) I guess.
Anyway, you are so helpful!!! I can't thank you more! Hopefully, we'll have chance to watch you play paganini one day...just a little bit. (-:

Meatball said...

Hi Jean,

Ya, I guess it means sheet music, but I had to ask. :)

Ya, you know, stuffs like training from the 4th finger instead of the first, playing double stoppings as early as possible, looking at finger expansion early on, practice vibrato early, etc... they are all very sound choices. I have also seen a staccato training, very much like the one I use (I didn't invent mine, I stole it from some older masters of course. Why reinventing the wheels if you have things that work right?:P)

Chinese training is good too! But lots of it came from old Russian school so...

Well, I doubt that you will see my playing anytime soon. I recorded some Paganini stuffs and had friends listening to them. Technique-wise isn't bad, didn't find fault in intonation or sound production, but music is lacking. They sound like someone desperately trying to show off. Not a good thing...

AJ has music, so don't let him get away with playing fancy stuffs without a heart. :)

AJ & Mom said...

Thank you! (-:

"...not anytime soon" Well, we'll be very patient and wait.....ok! (-:

Anonymous said...

What do you mean?

Meatball said...

Well, just sharing a little piece of writing somebody forwarded to me. It may not mean much to you... :)

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