Short & Sweet: Interview with world known bassoon-soloist and conductor Milan Turkovic.
His inspiring art is documented by over 50 CDs and on more than 150 recordings with the Concentus Musicus, Wien. Countless contemporary compositions are dedicated to him and he is himself a famous author. His books are full of wisdom and fine humor.
Milan Turkovic is one of the eminent authorities in today’s musical world – but I am preaching to the choir, you know that already ;o)
When I told my parents that I want to play the bassoon, they did not quite know what that would be. But they knew your name… ;o) What is your secret in making music?>>
Loser Thoughts (Part 1)
Learning is great!
But sometimes it sucks.
Sometimes it’s quite hard to push through old habits or to stay focused. It’s so easy to get distracted and not follow through what you wanted to achieve.
This will help: free yourself from loser thoughts. We all have them from time to time.
The trick is to catch them and turn them around into a question. When you do that nobody can ever stop you.>>
Oh boy, how often did your hear that? When you are like me you heard it about a million times and – uh… you also said it yourself here and there (and some more heres and theres) as well.
The truth is – and we all know it
if you want to do something you will make time,
if you do not want to do something you will make an excuse.
So start making one step back. What is your music making all about?
Why do you play the bassoon, tuning fork or washboard? Why did you first start it? What was your initial motivation?>>
Many times we do not have control over what is happening in our life. It just happens the way it does – whether we like it or not. No control.
But we do have control over how we react. We can always decide what our attitude is. How we see things and how we process them.
A great teacher once told me: “Don’t be dramatic – unless you are an actor and get payed for it.” This was maybe the best piece of advice I ever got.>>