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2-17-2012 @ 1:22PM
Even when I had just started with violin lessons and was only playing 2.5 hours a week, friends and co-workers asked about my professional ambitions. As the Carlin quote suggests, labels usually say more about the observer than the observed.It's also harder to properly gauge somebody else's effort when it's greater than your own. A professional musician would look at how long I've been playing and how far I've come, and they might say my Violining tradeskill is maybe 225*. My friends and co-workers, however, see me doing something they don't think they could (their words, usually accompanied by some remark about finding the time), so it seems like a much bigger deal.* If you're familiar with the ABRSM system, I'm working on Grade 4 of 8.
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