June 27, 2018

The magic between performer and audience: what we can and can’t control

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:42 am by Rebecca Hein

It would be wonderful if we could always induce a live connection between ourselves and our readers, but the most exciting episodes appear to spring out of nowhere. This apparently random phenomenon suggests that we have no control over reader or audience response. But this isn’t quite true; we can at least create optimal conditions, so that when the time is ripe for an exciting episode, we’ve done our part.

Paradoxically, our efforts need to be what they always are. This makes our approach to a magical moment one of the most prosaic operations we perform: work hard, be alert for good ideas, trust your work habits and creative process, polish your already polished writing, and keep going.

It’s strange that such a predictable set of procedures can position us to receive a wave of excitement from readers. But it works. That’s what we did in the Eugene Opera company, leading up to that peak performance of Don Giovanni, which I still remember vividly from almost forty years ago.


October 14, 2013

Recognizing the Trade-Off, Part Three

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:12 pm by Rebecca Hein

When my traditionally-trained cello student told me that her fellow orchestra students who were Suzuki-trained couldn’t read music, I knew she was probably right. I’d been teaching Suzuki cello for several years and had been struggling to introduce music reading at the right time, and then to get those skills caught up with their technique, which was far ahead.

Until that conversation with my traditionally-trained student, I’d believed that Suzuki was superior, because a well-trained Suzuki student typically has much better technique than a traditional student who has been playing the same number of years. But traditionally-trained music students can read music.

Many excellent Suzuki teachers work hard to close, or prevent, the technique/music reading gap, but even with the best teachers, delayed music reading is built into the Suzuki approach and therefore will always be a pitfall.

So which is better: great music reading and so-so technique? Or great technique and crippled music reading?

February 14, 2012

When Your Writing Won’t Behave, Part One: Raw Creative Energy

Posted in Creativity, Uncategorized, Writer's Block tagged , , at 3:32 pm by Rebecca Hein

We’ve all had episodes in our writing when our words won’t cooperate no matter what we do. This problem actually defeated me years ago when I tried to write my second book, the sequel to A Case of Brilliance. (link)

My problem was twofold: first, I wasn’t ready to write the book because some of the discoveries that needed to be included in that story lay in my future. Second, I didn’t understand raw creative energy and thus couldn’t manage it.

June 28, 2011

On Emptiness, Part One: Our Expectations

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 12:10 pm by Rebecca Hein

The full value of freewriting lies in our expectations. By definition, in a freewriting session we expect nothing and so are not disappointed when we get nothing. As with my cello playing, when I’m in that blissful state where I don’t care what comes out, it’s impossible to be frustrated.

This absence of frustration works in our favor, as we shall see.

May 12, 2011

Rebecca Hein Interviewed on Blogtalk Radio

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:55 pm by Rebecca Hein

Last week I was interviewed by John W. Smith, of http://www.destinysurvival.com.

In the first part of the show we talked about my book, A Case of Brilliance, and why I wrote it. The remainder of our conversation was devoted to my family’s sustainable lifestyle in a strawbale cabin at the base of Casper Mountain in central Wyoming.

To listen to this show go to : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/doctorprepper/2011/05/05/destiny-survival-radio-05-05-2011

On this page you’ll see an image near the top on the left. Right below this image there’s a (small) link to “play in your default player” or to download.


Becky Hein

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