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    Musicloverk
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    Anyone else find that your intonation is better playing songs than scales when restarting after many years? I used to be very good with intonation so when restarting naturally focused on bowing technique and scales. Bowing came easily as did hand position mostly, but I was getting frustrated with my inconsistency with scales. As soon as I started trying songs and etudes, it was better! I couldn’t believe it but checked with a tuner to be sure. Not sure why, but maybe relaxing more playing tunes. Still far from perfect. This seems crazy! Anyone else with similar experience?

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    Suzanne Cox
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    Good for you starting back into violin after a long break. And it is nice to see you getting around the forum! 🙂 You might be right, perhaps you were enjoying the melodies when playing songs and etudes and were, therefore, more relaxed. Also, if they were familiar tunes, your ears might have tuned in a little better than on a scale. You might try singing along with the pitch as you play, sometimes internalizing the pitch helps a lot with intonation. Maybe switch back and forth between singing, then playing a few times.

    Suzanne from Violin Tutor Pro

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    Ekeoma
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    For the first month or so of learning the violin, I was always feeling stressed during lessons and played worse than I would at home. There was one week when I failed to get in any practice, and I went to the lesson accepting the fact that I would be even worse. But oh well, I decided that I would get over it and do better next time. However, I started playing what I should have practiced, my screeching had stopped and I didn’t struggle to find the correct fingerings. My teacher was amazed and thought I had increased my practicing. Maybe taking a break allows time for you to change how you think about whatever new skill or technique is being approached.

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    Musicloverk
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    Ekeoma, I have had times when I missed a day or two of practice, usually because of health issues and no energy, when I then played better coming back to it. I don’t advocate missing practice, but for me I think this shows how much tensing up negatively affects my playing. I think my expectations are lower so I’m less tense. I’ve learned its best to take a break when I begin stressing!

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  Musicloverk.
    #17619 Reply

    Suzanne Cox
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    There is a lot to be said for “mental” practice. When I was in college, many of my fellow violinists struggled with tendonitis. They would go in the practice room for their practice session and “think” through their music because they were in no condition to play more than 5 minutes at a time. Much can be accomplished just by thinking about the notes, patterns, timing, style, etc. In orchestra rehearsals I’ve had conductors stop and ask everyone to just look at the troublesome measure for 30 seconds before trying to play again. It works every time! We don’t consider this as an option for practicing, but if we are truly focused on our music, mental practice can be very effective.

    Suzanne from Violin Tutor Pro

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  Suzanne Cox.
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