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JWP #31: Underlying Notes (ACD-verse)

Author: methylviolet10b
Rating: PG
Universe: ACD
Characters: Sherlock Holmes
Word Count: 279
Summary: Holmes and music. Written for JWP 31: Once More With Feeling.
Warnings: Random character musing on music. And absolutely no beta. This was written in a complete rush. You have been warned.
Disclaimer: I don't own them.

Some of my earliest training in auditory deduction came from music. Hearing the melody, the theme, and predicting what would come next first came into play with the limited variability of the music in the standard hymnals. It was simple enough to apply what I learned there to my violin lessons, both in the progression of practice on endless scales, and the gradual increase in complexity of the music itself. Simple tunes provided limited options, limited choices. More advanced pieces opened up more possibilities, but still followed rules and structures that allowed an astute observer to deduce the likely progression. Bach is precise, almost clinical; Beethoven direct in his choices; Mendelsohn determinedly classical yet emotional. As for myself, I am a specialist in the solo violin.

I did not have many opportunities to play music with others in my youth. I heard many ensembles, but did not perform with them. Somewhat solitary by nature, I became a soloist partially through inclination, but also from lack of opportunity to do otherwise. Outside of certain disguises and cases, I never found time to practice with or play in a group.

At least, not when it came to music. In criminology, however, I learned an entirely new way of listening, of performing. Much of it is soloist work, yes, but also conducting, and orchestrating; listening and deducing the underlying notes, the patterns, from what fragments I hear. Most importantly, I discovered that I do not always wish to play solo. Sometimes – and often the best of times – I find my greatest performances, my most enjoyable experiences, as the lead instrument at the head of a small chamber orchestra, or a simple duet.

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mazaher
Aug. 1st, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
Once more H's imagination for metaphors comes to the fore... in a fascinating way. Thank you!
methylviolet10b
Aug. 3rd, 2016 04:13 am (UTC)
Thanks!
gardnerhill
Aug. 7th, 2016 06:00 am (UTC)
Nicely written. Everything Holmes does has music to it.
methylviolet10b
Aug. 8th, 2016 05:30 am (UTC)
Thanks! I can't help but think that he might think in musical terms, at least occasionally.
caffienekitty
Aug. 10th, 2016 01:41 am (UTC)
Oh interestingly meta-metaphor!
methylviolet10b
Aug. 20th, 2016 04:47 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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