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  • #8509

    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

    Michael Sanchez
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    • Contribution Score 34

    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

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    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

    Carmen Rodriguez
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    • Contribution Score 9

    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

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    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

    Dianne Adkins
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    • Contribution Score 325

    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

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    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

    tfeldkamp87
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    • Contribution Score 26

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

    #10619

    Kevin DeSilva
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    • Contribution Score 70

    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

    Dianne Adkins
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    • Contribution Score 325

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

    #10841

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    Hi Kevin, thanks for commenting. It’s really helpful to keep a violin diary. Now I can plan everything much more and I see what I’ve been working on. It’s great to see the progress this way. And I do agree with you that there is soooo much to learn. The more I learn about the violin the more I understand how much more I have to learn 😉 Will it ever stop? I don’t think so. That’s why I really love the violin, it’s exciting every day again!! 🙂

    #10856

    Johanne Aube
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    • Contribution Score 16

    When I first started learning the violin, I thought of a violin diary, but didn’t do it. I might just start it now. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    #11759

    Raven Stovall
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    • Contribution Score 23

    I keep a video diary on Youtube. Hard for me to explain things in words so it’s better to just show it.

    #11864

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    Hi Raven, that’s cool! Can you post the link to your YouTube channel? Would love to see it. 🙂

    #12455

    vyshakh subrahmanian
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    • Contribution Score 54

    Its also good to write down what you have done during a practice/class session. This will definitely help you. Works for me. My teacher asked to do this.

    #13912

    nguyenthienchan.1811
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    It’s so interesting to know there are some people having the same thought as me. I’ve started writing violin diary for 6 days and today I am reading this topic. Keeping a journal helps me identify the problem, specify and better it the next practice session. Therefore, it saves me much time to not star over from beginning and make progress more quickly. Thank you for this lovely sharing. Hope you always enjoy your adventure.

    #13974

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    I’m glad you like the idea too! I’m still keeping my violin diary and it’s really helping me a lot. I know now exactly what I’ll be working on and it keeps me very motivated. I wish you all the best! Keep enjoying your violin adventure!! :-)))

    #14324

    Musicloverk
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    • Contribution Score 205

    I like this idea. One thing I’ve found that also helps me recognize that I am progressing is to write the date I start working on a piece on the music. When I later play something easily that I remember formerly being difficult, it encourages me that I am actually making progress. My piano teacher started me doing this. I write in pencil but now would probably not erase those dates!

    #14420

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    Hi Kay Sonier, keeping a diary is indeed very helpful. And I do the same thing as you 😉 I also write the date I start on a piece on the music. It’s really encouraging to play songs from some time ago and see how it gets easier. Keep having fun!!

    #14503

    girocote
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    • Contribution Score 10

    Very good idea Mariko..when I first started learning the violin five months ago, I started writing down the dates (for a few weeks) I was practicing but didn’t get as far as the diary. I backed off because I got somewhat intense sometimes practicing twice a day..too much logging to keep up with! But now, after having read your above posts, I’ll resume it
    Being able to look back on the logs entries and seeing one’s progress is a good source of encouragement!! Thanks to all for the great ideas of what to include in a diary !!!

    #14656

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    I’m glad you like the idea! You sure practice a lot!! Hope you keep enjoying. And a diary will certainly help. :-)))

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