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    Tracye
    Keymaster

    I take my violin out of it’s case every morning, put my shoulder rest on, tighten up my bow and have my music stand next to my desk. This reminds me that I need to practice.

    #2444 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Great one Tracye! Having your instrument near heavy walking areas is a great one. I would suggest setting practice goals for yourself and trying to stick to it each week. Don’t set them too high, but just high enough to where you know you can achieve it consistently. See if you can achieve the goal at least 3/4 times. If you miss more than that, lower the goal down a bit until you consistently are able to meet your goal at least 3/4 times. The biggest thing with progressing on the violin is getting into a practice routine. Once you achieve that routine and you have good practice habits, you will progress very quickly.

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    Tracye
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the advice Michael.

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    Nicole
    Participant

    I use an online to-do list, and I have “practice violin” as a recurring, daily task. I leave the tab open all day and check it often. I also set a reminder for it at 2:00, in case I have not practiced by then.

    The to-do list I use is Wunderlist, if you are wondering. I love that I can check it from my phone, even away from Wi-Fi!

    #2655 Reply

    David
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    I put together a practice schedule and update it weekly. I practice violin for 2hrs everyday. 15min warm-ups with just bowing back fourth on all strings in front of a mirror keeping the bow straight and hand relaxed. 30min doing scales and keeping an eye on left hand fingering. 45min working on homework for next weeks Webinar class with Michael. 30min of playing, or learning any song I want. =2hrs.

    #2656 Reply

    Tracye
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the tips Nicolet and David…both great!

    #2850 Reply

    sumta
    Participant

    every sunday, have some quiet time to myself, break out the violin, go through my starting drills, if they go really well i add something.
    like today, i discovered i was struggling learning to read music again, (only been 15 years since i have)/ i rewrote mary had a little lamb into normal notes instead of basic fingering (d2, d1, d0) see how that goes tomorrow

    (yes i know today is not sunday, but i had extra time and felt like trying some more, quality of practice over quantity)

    #2852 Reply

    Nicole
    Participant

    Another practice tip: record yourself!

    For basic practices, I’ve found just sound recordings can used listen for intonation, good vibrato, smooth string crossings, shifts, etc. However, if you have been having trouble with bowings, bow position, etc., a video recording would be recommended. 🙂

    Here are a few ways to use this system:
    You might watch/listen directly after playing a piece or section of a piece you’re trying to perfect. You might record your entire practice session and listen afterwards. You might practice and listen in alternating segments. Or you might save your recording for tomorrow’s practice, to direct focus and really just continue where you left off.

    #2853 Reply

    Nicole
    Participant

    Oh! Sumta’s post just reminded me of something. I was learning second position just the other day and having some difficulty because my teacher wanted me to play it in first and third position first (so that I could tell if I played a sharp, flat, or natural accidentally [no pun intended]). Of course, the fingering was made for second position, and I realized that I was becoming quite dependent on the numbers and not the actual notes!

    And the moral of the story is…
    a) avoid writing in fingerings whenever possible (save it for shifts)
    b) consider crossing out fingering
    c) regularly practice music that contains no fingerings!

    #2905 Reply

    hearthelionroar
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    I am actually looking for help. I have a 16″ viola, but I have small hands. When I practice shifting up into 7th position (harmonic /notes), my entire hand goes around the bout. Giving it up is not an option as this was a gift from a grandparent who passed away last year…

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