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Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (utgåvan 2007)

av Glenn Kurtz

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In a remarkable memoir written with insight and humor, Glenn Kurtz takes us from his first lessons at the age of eight to his acceptance at the elite New England Conservatory of Music. After graduation, he attempts a solo career in Vienna but soon realizes that he has neither the ego nor the talent required to succeed and gives up the instrument, and his dream, entirely. But not forever: Returning to the guitar, Kurtz weaves into the narrative the rich experience of a single practice session. Practicing takes us on a revelatory, inspiring journey: a love affair with music.… (mer)
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Titel:Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music
Författare:Glenn Kurtz
Info:Knopf (2007), Hardcover, 256 pages
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This was fine. Thought some of his prose was a bit over the top and his story was just not that terribly interesting. I get it, he was really good when he was a kid, one of the good players in college, and not a world class player as an adult. He's practicing again now. Good. He's probably still an excellent player despite the time off. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Mar 11, 2017 |
Striving for your art, becoming disillusioned with it, and then rediscovering it later with different meaning.As a musician and programmer, this story resonated with me, but it also made me at risk of blowing a ton of money on more classical recordings. ( )
  stringsn88keys | Aug 7, 2012 |
I hoped this book would be more than it turned out to be. Kurtz was a child guitar prodigy. He went on to study music at a renowned conservatory, but he abandoned the guitar and music not long after he graduated. He returned to the guitar a few years ago and uses the format of this book to discuss the pleasures of his return. I wished he had been more open about the whys and hows of his departure and his subsequent return to music. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
"When you play an instrument, and playing comes easily, playing is enough. But slowly, as you play more, what you hear outpaces your ability. This music beyond you, as you are, leads you on, and you ache to lay hold of it. You sit down, you look at your hands, you hold the instrument. You listen to the musicians you admire, who have this same equipment, hands and instruments. Then you look at your own hands again, and it doesn't seem possible. How do they do it? What you want to play shimmers ungraspable in the air, or in the hands of others. I think this is when your story as a musician begins. Playing, you begin to practice. And practice makes "perfect." Now you'll never play the way you wish you could. Now one lifetime is not enough. You'll never be finished practicing."

That says it all right there, that does.

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  cbjorke | Sep 10, 2009 |
As a budding classical guitar player myself, I thoroughly enjoyed Glenn Kurtz's Practicing. He ably captures the ambition, dedication, and technical frustration that are characteristics of many young artists, and in contrasting that earlier portion of his life against his contemporary self, he discovers disappointments and rewards in roughly equal measure. The book also delves into the history of modern classical guitar and some of the vexing issues inherent to the art form, such as the lack of a deep repertoire. All-in-all, an excellent and honest treatment of a worthwhile topic. ( )
  dr_zirk | Nov 8, 2008 |
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In a remarkable memoir written with insight and humor, Glenn Kurtz takes us from his first lessons at the age of eight to his acceptance at the elite New England Conservatory of Music. After graduation, he attempts a solo career in Vienna but soon realizes that he has neither the ego nor the talent required to succeed and gives up the instrument, and his dream, entirely. But not forever: Returning to the guitar, Kurtz weaves into the narrative the rich experience of a single practice session. Practicing takes us on a revelatory, inspiring journey: a love affair with music.

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