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    Tally78
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    Hello Everyone,
    I know with being new to the violin there may be some frustrations and stuff that happen at first. I was wondering what are some techniques one can overcome when they get frustrated or upset with just starting out with the violin? I thought about keeping a violin journal and each time I play, I figured to write how I felt before holding the violin and after I have played with my violin. I thought this would be neat to look back on and see how my feelings change as I become better at playing. What are some techniques that you all use to help you get through some difficult times?
    Thank you all for reading and wish you all the luck ,
    Tally

    #15997 Reply

    Carrie
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    I don’t own a violin so I don’t know that I’ve earned the right to touch on this yet but…
    I think I’d also put the violin down long enough to listen to a professional play a violin song that makes me happy. It would remind me of how satisfied I’ll be when I can make the sounds that make me happy.
    On days when I’m packed with extra attitude, I’d take my violin to areas of natural sound (river, waterfall, beach, wind tunnel, etc) and just get playful with the sounds. Abandoned buildings, mountain tops…I’d bring it along. Rainy days, I’d just step out onto the porch and play to the weather. At least, this is what I tell myself. haha.

    #16231 Reply

    BusyTXMama
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    Carrie has a good idea about listening to professional players or recordings. Going to concerts always keeps me motivated to continue with my practicing. Listening to and watching violin soloists, or watching the violin sections play in perfect unison, watching their amazing bowing technique, and listening to the beautiful music they play – this always reminds me of why I wanted to play the violin in the first place, and I imagine myself being one of the performers on stage one day. One of the most inspiring concerts I ever went to was a symphony performance of Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky. Wow! Seeing it performed in person is A.MA.ZING!!
    You can always attend free concerts at local colleges and universities, some churches, or community events, and still enjoy fantastic performances without paying the big bucks for front row seats at the symphony. Listening to CDs or digital music files is always a good option, at home, in the car, at work (your boss usually won’t get mad with classical pieces quietly playing in the office.)

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    Kiwigirl
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    Hey there, I agree with all of the above. I have some fave pieces of music that really breaks me out into goosebumps and helps me to dream those big dreams of emulating those players! But until then (whenever “then” is!) one piece of advice Michael gave in one of his videos on practise tips, is what I keep front and centre in my violin journey; and that is to review your abilities every 6 months to see how far you’ve come. One of the mistakes I’ve made in the past is not to have a “plan” when I’ve come to practise. Having some sort of plan to your practise time is vital because it keeps you focussed. Another thing I’ve learned about practising is that I never practise anything for more than 10 min max. I am a rank beginner and get quite fatigued if I go on for too long – I think it’s because I have back and shoulder issues, so short and sweet is the name of the game for me. I would really recommend watching any of Michael’s videos on practise tips – they are gold!

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