by Sophia Arata and Edward Ho
Playing with a music partner was a unique and challenging experience. It was fun and challenging at the same time.
The songs were nice, Sophia especially liked Minuet and Edward liked Bourree, although we played a bit too quick. At times it was fun to play a duet! Playing together with Mrs. Sonomi and Edward was really a new experience for us, and so was being partners with each other. We had to work together with each other and communicate frequently. This was a super new experience because in all other performances I had to work alone yet this involved 2 other people. It was fun to have a partner to laugh and joke with (and hate) during practices that wasn’t Sophia’s dad… it was “brilliant” as Edward liked to say. Ms Diane worked hard to help me and Edward to improve and it really helped.
Some of the challenges we faced were that we sometimes forgot something, which was a temporary setback, but Ms. Sonomi helped a lot by reminding us about how to start. We had to play together and watch each other for cues. We also had to practice A LOT for the recital and WE MEAN A LOT, and playing a duet meant learning a different part to two songs we already knew. Another challenge for both of us was playing slower. To be honest, we never really got over this; if you were at our recital, you heard how fast we played Bourree, Sophia’s fingers almost couldn’t keep up!
Again, this was both a fun and challenging experience and in the end we both enjoyed it.