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A violist is ….
 
 a connector
 
a philosopher
 
a pioneer
 
 
 
and 
 
a human voice

Chinese Inspired 國學啟發 #1 

Calligraphy 

Imagine a bow stroke as if it were a brush stroke in Chinese calligraphy:
Both require calm, controlled breathing.
Both must be perfected first in the mind, before the body acts.
Both demand follow through once they have begun.
Both require graceful flow.
Neither can be corrected once finished.

Is your bow stroke like a brush stroke?

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書法

倘若我們把拉琴時的運弓和寫書法的運筆作個聯想:

二者皆要求緩而自在的呼吸,
二者皆講求由心牽動身體,
二者皆需行雲流水、一氣呵成,
一但下手,便不可逆。

您說,這是否有異曲同工之妙呢?

 


 

Chinese Inspired 國學啟發 #2 

Laozi on nothingness
Nothingness is emptiness.
Without an empty axlehole in the center, a wheel cannot turn.
If a vessel is not empty, it cannot be filled.
If doors and windows do not contain empty space, they cannot be entered.
If a house does not have empty space, no one can live there.

Similarly, if you do not consciously maintain space within your left hand, the result will be poor action. If you do not consciously maintain space within your right hand, the result will be pressed sound and a rigid bow. If your mind is not open and receptive to learning and possessing new information, the result will be sadness and fear.

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老子論無
無即是虛空,老子舉例車輪若無中間的圓泂洞,便不能轉動。器皿若無空處,變不能裝物事。門戶若沒有空洞,就不能出入。房屋裡若沒有空處,便不能容人。

 


 

Chinese Inspired 國學啟發 #3

Kongzi (Confucius) on learning and knowledge:

Learning without thought is labor wasted. Thought without learning is dangerous.
Do you think through your lessons, and learn more through reflection? Do you make the effort to think further, to read, and to listen to what you do not yet know?

 

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孔子論知識

學而不思則罔,思而不學則殆。