When an idea hits your gifted child, the ability to carry through may or may not be present. Thus, in cello practice, when Annette discovered how to use her bow better, this didn’t immediately translate into better playing.
On the contrary, she was so excited that her very intensity distracted her. She was focused on a particular sensation in her bow arm that made bowing and tone production easier.
Perhaps it isn’t too surprising that her new ability was erratic. It was her first-ever “very own” discovery in cello playing and, I ultimately realized, the glory of that experience was more important for her development than particular improvements in her technique.