Practise little – Play a lot! – Alexander advises young string-players. April 22nd 2010

Original Article in Moss-avis.no 22.4.2010

Tekst: Torgeir Snilsberg. Foto Geir Hansen

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Translation by Marianne S.
English and article revision by Annijo

Practise little, play a lot!

16 young local string-players welcomed Alexander Rybak with the well-known ” Fairytale” in Moss Art-gallery yesterday afternoon.

-You are so good! Complimented last years ESC-winner, who in return played together with – and gave advice to the children, even though not all the advice was educationally “correct”!
– Do you practise every day? That is a lot more than I do. When I was little I practised 2-3 hours every day. Now, I don´t practise at all, smiled the popular guest.
–  When the tutors are so playful as they are here at Junior Strings, then it is great to visit. Some places I visit have a little too much ambition, and the tutors are not focused on having fun. But here, it seems, they manage to combine it nicely. It should feel like they are having fun when such small children are playing an instrument”, Rybak said after playing,  answering questions and autograph-signing.
– Progress and results should come as a bonus?
– Yes, I think so. For my part, there was too much ambition while I was growing up.”
Ola Ek-Stenmo, father of two violin playing boys, had arranged the nice visit. –”I called Alexander’s mother and got the phone-number of his management. And some SMS´s and mails later, he is here. And this means a huge amount to the children”,  Ek-Stenmo smiled.
– It was a bit strange to have him visiting”, thinks 6-year old Johannes Ek-Stenmo.
– This was very good. Interesting to see a “real” violinist, smiled 11 year old Michelle Chan,
 – What I have learned? I have learned how I can write songs. I have learned to express my feelings more when I play. And I have learned that Alexander Rybak is very cosy in real life”,  Ellen Aabol smiled.
Alexander told the children that it is wise to play the piano in addition to a string-instrument, that it pays off to use the whole length of the violin-bow. That it is better to play horizontally and fluently, than up and down like a bouncing ball. That he, himself, manages quite fine with violins costing 5000 NOK each, and that it is possible to “cheat” in the very fast music-parts, because the audience doesn´t hear, what is played anyway…
– Continue with everything you are good at and like to do! advised Rybak, who wrote his last advice for the day on the back of a violin:  “Practise little, Play a lot!”.

5 thoughts on “Practise little – Play a lot! – Alexander advises young string-players. April 22nd 2010”

  1. I really like what Alex says about learning the violin! My son,12 learned violin by Suzuki method and it is still fun. He also learned piano, but the both teacher didnt know from each other..it used to be forbidden to learn two instruments at the age of 5…ts..ts..:)

  2. As the proud father of the violinist Johannes 6 years old and celloplaying brother Edvard 4,5 year, i must say the visit of Aleksander was tremendous. The inspiration value of this visit is worth it`s weight in gold for the young ones. He sat down with them, asked them questions, answered questions, played the violin with them, gave them some technical advises etc. It was a nearly a full 2 hrs session that ended with a lot of signing of posters, cd`s and on the back of Johannes`violin. “Practise little -- play a lot from Aleksander Rybak” the fiddler wrote on the back of Johannes` violin. Thank you so much for your visit. We really appreciated it.

  3. …….
    I love him;wanna know why?!! the answer is in two points
    1-He’s cozy & not proud
    2-LOves the children
    I’m really happy for the children there..maybe I would die , but never get the chance to see him 3D!!!!NOT by pics!!
    Anyway,that’s hope that makes this life beautiful & tolerable
    Let’s just hope he will come here:)

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