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Happy to say that today I was able to return to practicing. I am still not ready to have the violin on my neck, so I held it as a baroque player, and was able to do left hand and right hand exercises, so that I do not lose muscle tone. After 8 days off, I had only really lost some strength in the left hand pinky, but after one session I seem to have it back. Here's what I worked on. If you have any other ideas please let me know.

Left hand: finger drops/lifts and trills; a Kreutzer etude
Right hand: finger motion and collé; full bows and tone production

Tomorrow and going forward, there really isn't too much that I couldn't work on this way, keeping in mind that the violin hold is only temporary for 2-3 weeks more. Atleast I can stay in shape!
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Posted: February 12, 2018
Last Comment: February 13, 2018

Posted: February 13, 2018
Hi Inge, thank you, you are right, and I am on board with that project! Each and every detail of the project I see is important, as Beth mentioned that something can be gotten from every step, and that is certainly the way it works for me when I read through something in its entirety or watch a tutorial again from start to finish- always glad I did. I also wanted to mention that the baroque violin hold doesn't bother my bowing angles because the violin is just about where it would ordinarily be, but I'm keeping an eye on it because I would drop the bowing if it did. So far, so good!

Hi Ray, thanks for your encouragement, I felt like celebrating yesterday just to be able to play again!

Inge Black
Posted: February 13, 2018
Dianne, I'm so happy to hear that.  Having gone through my own stuff when I had lessons a decade ago, I was a bit dismayed to read of your problems, and wishing you a speedy recovery.  There are a lot of alternate things we can do when part of our regular kind of practice can't be done.  What you're doing seems perfect.

How about Beth's new project? Part of it can be done with pencil and paper, and maybe also "banjo style" or "baroque player" style.

Posted: February 12, 2018
Very glad to hear you are able to play again ( sort of).  You have always given great advice.