Aaron Hill has started recording the wonderful Ferling etudes. Not knowing him, I will be honest and say I didn’t know what to expect. After hearing a few I admit I’m highly impressed! I hope readers (and listeners) here will enjoy and learn from them.

Here is the first etude:

Mr. Hill had posted some on a Facebook page and an individual wrote some amazingly impolite and unkind words about the etudes and, thus, was quite dismissive about Mr. Hill’s work. I was quite shocked … very seldom have I encountered such blatant rudeness in such a public way. If you don’t like something (like the Ferling) it’s not always necessary to tell the world! Ah well.

The same poster wrote to say that videos are not a good way to learn and was quite dismissive about that as well. Would I interpret each etude as Aaron Hill did? I doubt it. We all have our take on things. But we can all learn from watching and listening. It doesn’t mean we must mimic someone. We learn to write by not only writing, but by reading. We learn to play by not only practicing but by listening. Yes, private instructors are important. Live performances are as well. But in this world we live in now, why limit ourselves to that?