Below is a paraphrased version of a blog post by David Dobbs, originally posted on Wired.com. Read the original post here.
Here David describes the advice a teacher gave him about how to play the Bach’s D minor partita on the violin:
“This is music complete. This doesn’t just mean it’s beautiful. This means you can play this music all your life,, and no matter what you do, it will expose everything you are and everything you’re not. It will expose everything you can do and everything you can’t, everything you’ve mastered and everything you’re scared of. And I don’t mean just about the violin. I mean about everything. It’ll show all that today and it’ll show all that when you play it again in 10 years. And people who know music, who’ve seen you play it both times, they will see you play it and know who you were and who you’ve become.
“There is nothing you can do about this. Or actually there is only one thing you can do about it. And that’s to play. To not play scared, even if you’re terrified. To not rush. To not short anything. Inhabit this thing. Play it full.”
I love this, because this is exactly how I feel about working with horses. If horsemanship becomes a life-long study and passion for you the way that it is for me, it truly becomes an art form. And true art reflects the soul of the artist. Through your horses you will come to know yourself.