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jack
Well I have started a new ritual today and hopefully this will help my violin progress.

A little background is probably in order first. . . . . . I'm a morning person, but because of my schedule it's been very hard for me to practice my violin in the mornings as everyone in my house are still sleeping. Thus in order to accommodate everyone, I have been practicing in the evenings (before or after dinner) depending on how things goes when I get home. While I do lock myself away and dedicate the entire time to make that time the most productive, I often times am too tired and don't think that I am making much progress. Or at least not progressing as fast I should.

Then, of course, there are those days that I simply skip practice all together as I have so much going on that I barely have enough time to even get some sleep. While I don't like missing practice, I simply have to accept the fact that life is just too busy and there isn't enough time on a day to get everything done.

Well I may have found a solution. I notice that I have about an hour (sometimes more) of down time before I start work. So today, I packed my violin and brought to work with me and used that time to practice. I have a locker that I can safely keep my violin during the weekdays so that I won't have to carry it around every day. I'll just have to remember to bring it home on the weekends.

I did practice this morning (finger tapping and finger pressure) and it was nice to be able to practice when I feel most alive and alert. I'll try it for a couple of weeks and see how that goes. Hopefully I will progress a bit faster, but most of all I will not be as tired as I am in the evenings.

I need to become a decent player and work on my technique if I am to keep up with ALL of you come 2012 when we get together in Austin. ;-)

jack
7 Responses
Posted: February 8, 2011
Last Comment: February 9, 2011
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Eileen
Posted: February 9, 2011
Yeah Beth, 4am...but I don't start on the violin till just after 5 all dressed, showered, devotioned and tea'd up. I've got two kids up in bed but they're over on the other side of the house upstairs with their doors closed and they've told me they don't hear it..so I'm good. It really is the ONLY time I can do it. Alas...I do share my life with others and they like to have my attention from time to time...*sigh* ;-) lol...it's the only time in the day when nobody "needs/wants" me for something. OH....I "try" to get into bed by 9pm, but sometimes that stretches to 9:30/10.

jack
Posted: February 9, 2011
I much rather practice at home, but like EMG my day starts pretty early. I'm up a 3 AM every morning and out the door by 4:00 AM. I'd love to practice that early, but I don't think that my family or my neighbors would like that very much. ;-)

Hence my new practice time begins at 6:15 AM. It's only been a couple of days, but so far things are going well. Energy level sure is at optimum in comparison to my evening times when I was almost running on empty. ;-)

I know that early birds gets the worm, but at my get up time there isn't much to see unless you are of a nocturnal species. However, my grandfather would say . . . It's milking time back at the ranch so do stop by if you are bored. ;-)


Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 9, 2011
That is some serious commitment, you all! 4:00am, Eileen?! When is your bed time? I have NEVER practiced earlier than 8:00am! I have practiced in a parking lot though.

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: February 9, 2011
You are all so imaginative when it comes to finding time for practice. I basically am a night person, so I don't mind practicing in the evening. The challenge is to stop early enough to get enough sleep, since I have to get up at 6.30 am to see my daughter off to school. Sleep often loses, I'm afraid.

Duane Lucy
Posted: February 8, 2011

Jack, it is good that you can squeeze in that etra practice. I put music theory things on index cards, and when I am waiting I study them.

One time I had to work on a Saturday, and I had a recital after work. I wanted to go over the piece that afternoon. So I practiced it in the parking lot at work at lunch time.


Eileen
Posted: February 8, 2011
Jack, that's a great idea! When you love it you do whatever you have to to make it work.

My only solution for myself was to get up very early, do everything I need to get ready for the day so that I can start playing right after my husband leaves for work at 5:10ish. That means I get up a 4am. I put the violin down...or TRY to...by 7am so that I can leave for work by 7:30. It's a crazy schedule, but it works for me. Weekends I grab whatever time I can on Sat....and on Sunday I get to church about 2 hours early so I can play my heart out for about an hour and a half before folks start showing up. Gotta love it ! <:-)


Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 8, 2011
Jack - I think it's brilliant that you've found one of those "black holes" in your day that swallows time to use for practice. I use those holes - when I'm waiting at long traffic lights and sitting in the car while my daughter is in her piano lesson to return emails! (from my phone). I feel victorious when that happens, like I'm beating the time game. I told a friend of mine that I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz when she's locked in the witches' dungeon, and the WW of the W turns over the hour glass and says "this is how much time you have left". I received an hour glass from my friend in the mail for Christmas!

Now, when I look at that hourglass I think (trying to be more positive) "I want to make each precious grain of sand count". So filling in those empty spaces with tasks that I need to do (like practice) is one way. Now, I know I'm not very zen in my philosophies, but I'll chill and meditate and be less "goal oriented" in the hereafter ; )