Meet Jerry

Jerry has been studying violin for about three years now. He began taking lessons after seeing, yet again, a string group performing somewhere and his wife finally said, “Oh, would you just find a violin teacher and stop moping.” Or something to that affect. As a guitarist, he already understood some of the musical concepts that younger students may not. As an adult, he already knew what good sounded like. Now to get the two to match.  He is a very diligent student. Practices often, even with his busy work and life schedule. He keeps plugging away and is sounding pretty good. While noticing improvement in his reading and playing ability, he looks forward to the challenges I give him (HA! He always makes light of it too. Gotta love it!)

Read some fun things about Jerry.

What is your favorite….

Color? Colors of autumn: yellows, reds, coppers, etc; warm colors
Pastime? Upland Hunting, Fly Fishing, Woodworking, Scale Modeling, Painting (Watercolors), Aikido, Playing the Guitar and Fiddle, Reading – the list grows and grows . . . He meant to write Fiddle before Guitar. I’m sure of it =)
Book? Waaaaaaaay too many to list but some of my favorite authors are: J.R.R. Tolkien (of course), Glen Cook, Jim Butcher, Robert Jordan, Bob Asprin, Rex Stout, Agatha Christie, Stephen Ambrose, David McCullough, Shakespeare (no I’m not kidding) – there are loads more He had to write “I’m not kidding” because he kids a lot. However, Shakespeare is awesome.
Saying? “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities.  In the expert’s there are few.”  – Shunryu Suzuki Excellent quote!
TV Show? I don’t really watch a lot of TV – there’s so much more interesting stuff to do. This does not surprise me, after reading his favorite pastimes! If I do plop in front of the tube I like Top Gear on BBC America and the new Dr. Who on SciFi. I also enjoy the Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett as Holmes, The Nero Wolfe mysteries and David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s Poirot – although all of these are only re-run occasionally.
Music to listen to? Really too much to list but some of the recent line-up includes some Newgrass/Stringband work by Nickel Creek and Crooked Still and a lot of Irish, Scottish and American fiddle music
Music to perform? For the violin – pretty much anything.  Given my limited experience with the instrument, my repertoire is pretty thin, so everything is challenging and fun.

What else?

What kind of student are you? Ha!  I’ll defer comment to my intrepid violin instructor. Absolutely hilarious, hardworking, and honestly cares about what he is doing. Great student!
If you were a cartoon character, which one would you be? Why? C. Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons.  Why?  The quotes of course!  “Do my worst, eh? Smithers, release the robotic Richard Simmons.” I think I’ve heard him use some of these quotes.
What is the whackiest thing anyone ever gave you? I’ve never really gotten anything whacky.  And no, that’s not a challenge, so don’t start sending me rubber chickens, Chia Pets, or rubber doggy poop with “real stick to your fingers smell.” That’s not something I would do, is it? =)
Tell us of a favorite memory? Wow! So many to share!  Here’s one I thought of just the other day:  Standing in the Chinzan-so Gardens in Tokyo .  There’s a light rain falling and the only sound is the rain.  There, right in the middle of one of the largest, crowded, cities in the world sits this 17th century garden and once you are inside, the city is lost and all there is, is tranquility.  Pretty amazing. What? This beats out playing at the Bristol Progress days? Just Kidding!

posted January, 2010

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