It has been very challenging for me physically to meet the demands for the program. However, I enjoy very much to discover what I can do- to make impossible possible and even easy. Initially, I thought there were really many polyrhythms that are not possible to play. A few months passed, I see that I can potentially play all of them, if I give enough time for my body to integrate( for tomorrow 3 patterns of polyrhythms have to be simplified, but you will not likely to discover it:)
Now 12 against 9 against 8, 12 against 3 aginst 5, 8 against 7 against5 against 4 against 3 against 2 are not only possible to play, but also enjoyable!
It was not at all a smooth process- it is very challenging to play 20 mins non-stop polyrhythms on metals, and it was sometimes painful ( maybe not so uncommon for percussionists). However, instead of being annoyed about it and forcing the movements through anyway, I have learned to be a good friend with it. The existence of pain is there to tell me" Ying-Hsueh, you've got to change the way you play. You are using too much effort," Pain is also very quickly gone when my body/ brain recognize a new pattern of movement in ease. The body is so incredibly intelligent.
It feels very unknown what will happen tomorrow. I will rest now and I very much look forward.
Ying-Hsueh, in Copenhagen