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    Mariko
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    Hi everybody, just wanted to share something that’s helping me to keep myself motivated. The first months of my violin adventure, I just wanted to progress fast fast fast and always play new pieces. And then when I didn’t progress fast enough (according to my way too high goals), I felt bad… I knew I had to do something and the solution was keeping a violin diary.

    I could write down the things that I am struggling with or the things that go well and when I reread it later on I can see that I am progressing even if I don’t notice it at the moment. I also write down goals for myself for each month and at the end of the month I evaluate myself and see what I was able to do. It’s helping me to be organized.

    Anyway, I could go on about this for hours… 🙂 So, I’ll just share the link to my online violin diary for those who are interested http://www.violinadventures.com. Maybe it can inspire someone else too! 🙂

    #8584 Reply

    Thanks for posting this Mariko! We all need encouragement and some sort of motivation to help us learn. I have been trying really hard to create a nice community here so we can all inspire each other and keep one another accountable. Thanks for all the posts you have done in the forum–you are one of the most active users! 🙂

    #8630 Reply

    Mariko
    Participant

    Hi Michael! 🙂 Thanks for replying. It’s really nice to be here and be able to learn so much from you and the others on the forum. I realize it’s a lot of work! I really love being on the forum. I seem to be addicted to the violin 😉 and it’s nice to share that with others.

    #9229 Reply

    Carmen Rodriguez
    Participant

    Hi Mariko!! Congratulation! I love your block and I really love it. It is very convenience to have a diary in all our progress and I think I will do that too. Thank you for share it!! 🙂

    #9238 Reply

    Mariko
    Participant

    Hi Carmen, thanks!! 🙂 Really glad you like my diary! Yes, it is indeed very beneficial and I find it great to be able to look back and see what I learned and when I learned it etc. It keeps me motivated! Good luck with your diary!!
    I remember reading one of your posts a couple of months ago… So, how is your violin playing going now?

    #9378 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator

    This is a great idea, Mariko! I write in a notebook for my students every lesson to help them narrow down goals in practicing for the week. Most of the time it’s a lot of ‘key words’ that will bring back to their minds what we did in the lesson. I also write ‘units’ of practice, like a measure of rhythm notes (no staff) with a repeat at the end, then indicate 10x or 100x for how many repeats they should do. I find that younger students often play a piece from beginning to end and think they’ve practiced. I focus quite a bit on independent thinking, knowing why we’re doing a drill of some kind, and practice ‘strategies’ that carry over into other problem solving issues. It seems to take years for some students to learn how to self evaluate and strategically, thoughtfully approach practice. I always tell my students “Practice does not make perfect. PERFECT practice makes perfect!” Thanks for your post!

    #9389 Reply

    Mariko
    Participant

    Thanks Dianne! Yeah I really love to have a diary, it’s very helpful and it’s nice to read parts from months ago and see what I was working one. 🙂
    Your tip is a good reminder for me too. I’m not a “younger” student but I do tend to want to play the piece from beginning to end and think I’ve practiced it… I know I should take out the hard parts and focus on these. The past weeks I’m doing that but I much more like to play the piece from beginning to end. 😉

    #9659 Reply

    tfeldkamp87
    Participant

    I never would have thought of this! I will try it soon! Thanks for the tip 😀

    #10619 Reply

    Kevin DeSilva
    Participant

    Thank you, Mariko for posting this!

    I had begun a Violin Journal a week or so ago and was wondering if others had done a similar thing! … I have never been a Journal writing sort of person but, recently, have been seeing the benefits that can be a part of it.

    I was doing this to keep tack of all the things I am learning … there is just soooo much to learn (isn’t that wonderful!) and I am already feeling the need for an external hard drive … lolol

    Thank you also, Dianne, for your input on this …. I will endeavour to add your wisdom to my journey.

    #10642 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator

    Those who so kindly thanked me, you’re welcome!

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