A Daily Violin Game
December 20, 2012 at 12:00 AMHaha, I've started a daily violin "game" to help me practice. Actually, my violin teacher told me about this method so I could practice. Basically, I'm playing an excerpt from "Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla" by Glinka - it's one of four excerpts for audition music for the highest group at school. She told me to, when I'm playing, start at one tempo and bump it up every time I do it flawlessly. In other words, it's like a game of some sort with tempos as stages:
So every time I practice violin, I'll spend fifteen or so minutes trying to beat a stage, and hopefully the next time I see my violin teacher, even if I'm not quite up to the "final stage" - half=135, I'll be pretty well on my way so that I can play well for the audition. I do have three other audition pieces, several three-octave scales for auditions, three orchestra pieces, my solo and ensemble piece, and any Christmas music I feel like playing for the Christmas Violin CD. That's a lot of music to practice! But it's almost winter break, so I should be able to find at least an hour every day to spend time with my violin. Hooray! :) I've already exhausted my hour today working with audition music, and I have finals to study for, so I'm going to stop for the night.
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