I don’t practice my violin every day of the week, but have tried other things on my “off” days that are violin related. I don’t practice at home on the day of my violin lesson and on Sundays.
On Sundays I like to play a CD of some violin music and follow along in the score. Today I am listening to Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano, saving #9 (The Kreutzer) for last. I think it mentally prepares me for the time when I start practicing them for myself as a performance piece.
I was wondering if any of you do the same. Does it help you? Any other feedback would be appreciated.
I started doing this for songs that I’m learning. It’s really interesting but challenging for me as I’m not very good at reading sheet music nor can I play by ear yet. For songs on Youtube, the ability to play at half speed really helps the process.
I find it really useful to figure out where in songs the artist is adding embellishments and what kind of embellishments they add.