July 19, 2009 at 2:48 AM
Thanks to mild Arthritis and an injury to my wrist I haven't been able to play for over three weeks. Now that has been taken care of I'm back to practicing again, but it sound amateurish. Intonation, tone, and articulation are off kilter. Any suggestions into getting back in shape again?Many thanks,Ray
Drew is really hoping I put up one of my thank you replies to him in this thread. Maybe I will after a few martinis. In a serious vein what Drew suggested was right on. My playing is geting back on track rather quickly. The superb teacher I'm working with suggested pages one and two of the Polo doublestop exercises. Between the two of them things are looking up again.
Getting back into playing is one of the most frustrating events in a player's life. I fell off of a horse 8 years ago and crushed a veretabra, and can say that the process of healing is not according to our schedule. Our bodies have their own ideas. I can only say that slow is very important, and that "saying grace" is even more important. By this, I mean we need to be very gracious and understanding of ourselves. Just as we would be very understanding of any student who came to us with a similar problem, we need to practice this with ourselves, as well.
Drew, I wrote an article for the American String Teachers in its Feb. 2006 issue entitled: Listen, Observe, and Wait: Or Getting Back into the String of Things. Because the article is now ASTA's property, I can't reprint it here, but you might consider finding the article in a library or asking ASTA for a reprint at www.astaweb.com.
Wishing you all the best as you recuperate, Lynne Denig at www.chinrests.com
Ray—go back to practicing, you don't have time to read this:-)
Thanks, Lynne. I will try and find it.
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