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The mystery, magic of violin . . .

December 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Sometimes when practicing I tire before achieving what I want and I have to remind myself not to be frustrated. The funny thing is, frequently, the next day, after a night’s rest, I can do what I was trying to do the day before, but couldn’t quite get. This is the part of learning violin that is mysterious, even magical, to me. I don’t understand how the learning process works. But I look around and see so many others have learned to play, and I tell myself that if they can do it, than so can I. Then I muster trust and faith, and persevere. Sometimes I think how can I be so lucky that I get to do this, too. And I pinch myself to know that this is real.

From Casey Jefferson
Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:55 AM
I interpret it as the perfect example of the importance of taking a break between practice sessions. The brain is well taxed and no longer able to absorb informations after long practice session, let alone make use of the informations you just absorbed. Then the next day, after receiving a good rest for the brain (and your body!), the brain can start to make use of the fresh information that it receive just the last night.
From Charlie Gibbs
Posted on December 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM
I have to remind myself that this is how it works - especially when the exact opposite seems to happen, like the other day when I picked up my violin and couldn't play a single thing right.

Last night was a good way to recover: a bluegrass jam where we just settled into a nice mellow grove and let the music flow. Sometimes I think we try too hard. I'll have to remember that at my next practice session.

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