Not a question....just a comment.
I have been working diligently on my new years resolution....to refine my practice skills and aim for a more productive slot of time. So this is what I've been doing and I have noticed a definite difference in what I'm able to accomplish in a sitting.
*start with finger strengthening
........I go through Beth's finger strengthening exercises, each finger every string in 1st position and I take my time. I definitely notice that the notes are sounding clearer, even the 4th finger !
........I start in 3rd position and do big fat vibratos, each finger....8 wobbles (?) per bow...up bow and down bow...each finger/every string. Working on keeping the vibrato going at the bow shift and when switching strings. After I do this in 3rd I move up to 1st and go through the whole thing again.
*Scales and shifting work ("Introducing the Positions" and "Essentials for Strings")
.......I have a few scales in different books that I'm working with, along with the G harmonic minor scale that Beth has given us...I love the minors ! :-) I work in vibrato during scales as much as I can, but I have to be careful as my arm (tennis elbow issues) starts to feel strained if I over do it. Vibrato is coming along, but like everything else, not fast enough for me ! <:-\
........I "love" Wohlfhart ! I've had a few "know what they're doing" violinists ask me why the heck I like Wohlfhart....it's because I KNOW the benefits I've gained from working through those books ! They are fantastic technique builders and I recommend them highly to anyone interested in improving on their techniques. They're NOT easy...and frankly I don't think I've gotten a single one of them up to tempo, but....eh...maybe someday I will.
*Work on whatever piece I'm doing
........Right now I'm working on Seitz's Concerto #5, 1st Mov....in the 4th Suzuki book. I'm doing a fair job of focusing on the more difficult sections "first"....before I blow through the whole piece....cause you know that has to happen....lol. I still need some personal discipline in that area, but doing much better. I usually don't notice any improvement until the next day though. Which I find interesting. I'll be going over a section...like those spiccato parts (measures 30+ and the 16ths at the end) and having a heck of a time making any progress...but then the next day there's some improvement. (never enough however because I "still" can't get it right!)
.......I also continue to work on Thais' Meditation if there's time, and a piece I was given for church...a duet...that someday might happen. But that's ok, because if it ever does I'll be fabulous on it !
*play time !
........which usually doesn't happen for very long because by now I've completely run out of time and am going in to my "have to get ready to leave for work" time slot. I am always very sad to have to put it down... <:-( This morning I played through "Sad Romance" a few times...love that one !
Now I don't set a time limit for each section of practice. I just go through each until I feel I've gotten "somewhere" with it...keeping in mind that I've got more to do so I just move on as I feel the need. All this has to happen in roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes....Monday
through Friday.....before I leave for work....otherwise, it doesn't
happen ! It's probably not the best way to go about this, but it's sure a LOT better than what I've been doing up till now. I keep crazy hours, but.....like anything else....if you LOVE it.....you find/MAKE the time for it ! Lord willing all this "focus" I've been practicing will make a difference in my progress ! :-)
Posted: October 5, 2011