Saturday, October 5, 2013

Practice Makes Perfect :))

 “Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” -John Paul II

Hi guys! This is a picture of my piano recital last September 1. I played two songs: Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 by Clementi and River Flows in You by Yiruma. :)
(This is the link of my River Flows in You performance

I started preparing for my recital in the middle of June so I had about two and a half months to prepare. But during the months of June and July, I was always lazy to practice daily and I sometimes blamed my homework for that. But I really underestimated the difficulty of the piece. I only started to practice on a daily basis when my mother made me realize that if I don't start practicing, I would never memorize it and master it in time for my recital. Honestly, I just started memorizing my pieces about the start of August, giving me just one month to memorize it and to fix the dynamics of the piece.

It was definitely a learning experience for me. I was blessed by God with a talent but if I don't use that talent wisely, I wouldn't be using my talent to the full extent that I could; I'd just be limiting it and I would be wasting it. :)


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Welcome to Adagio! :)

Hi! :) I am Katie! I'm 13 years old and I live in the Philippines where it's more fun! I love reading books, traveling with my family, and everything that has to do with dancing and music. I've been dancing ballet since I was 4 years old and I've been playing the piano for over 7 years now.
Now, you might be wondering what my blog, Adagio, means and why I chose it for my blog's name. For those of you who've heard of it for the very first time, Adagio is an Italian word that means 'at ease' or 'slowly'. I chose Adagio to name my blog because it's one of the common things between my two favorite hobbies in the world: dancing ballet and playing the piano. In ballet, Adagio means to move slowly and gracefully but with control and very precise movements. In music, Adagio is basically the same but instead of movement, it means to play at a slower tempo.

I hope you'll take time to read my future blogs as I take you all on a journey about my life as a ballerina and a pianist! :)