What a concert. Friday night, Mum and I went to the Melbourne Town Hall to hear a spectacular performance by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – a night of Sibelius and Tchaikovsky, with Ludovic Morlot conducting, and violinist Sergey Khachatryan performing the Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47 by Sibelius. Words fail. You just had to be there. He’s only 25 years old, and plays so very beautifully.
I’ve had tests that show I have tendonitis in my left elbow. I’ve had it for about six month now. I saw my rheumatologist this morning. He says that if I do nothing at all, it’s eighteen months recovery time, and if I do something like physiotherapy, or if I wear a special band around my forearm, or anything at all, it’s a year and a half recovery time. Cute.
However, the great thing is that he says that playing the piano won’t hinder my recovery, I should go ahead and play. He said something else that was rather interesting. We’ve all been brought up to believe that pain is an indicator that we’re doing too much, therefore we should pull back. He says that’s not necessarily the case. So, I’m getting right back to it. Starting today. I’m so relieved to hear that! I do think, however, that I might look for another teacher. My doctor said that the pain I’m experiencing at the bottom of my fingers and in my forearms (other than the tendonitis) is likely to be a matter of technique, more so than due to any rheumatic source. Excellent! No really. Excellent! I’m now going to talk to my teacher about teaching me technique, which is what I’ve felt has been missing all along. My technique is shot, I don’t feel confident at all that I know how to go about recovering/developing it, and I need him to teach me how to do that.