October 4, 2012 at 2:27 PMGood Morning Violinists:) I wish everyone a beautiful day and one full of love and light.
Today I am inspired to write about the importance of keeping the violin fresh. It is possible for some to have the daily practice routine or the approach to the violin become stale. When this happens do some self analyzing and ask why?
I am sure at one point all of us were inspired to study the violin for a reason. Think how can I tap back into that source of energy, the driving creative inspiration. Maybe studying difficult repertoire has become dull - maybe orchestral playing has lost it's lustre - maybe the students coming to the door are not inspiring. Everyone may have different reasons for the lull. One important thing to remember if you have experienced this feeling it is normal. It is a sign to reinvent a part of yourself as a musician.
How do I pull myself out of the lull you ask?
Try different things and see if that spark returns. Try some different styles of music - start listening to new music. Maybe do some listening research of different styles and times - Paris in the 30's or Berlin in the 20's. How can you incorporate that into your daily routine.
Violinist.com is wonderful - read blogs that may be inspiring to you. Find a new way to teach to reach out to your students using the internet as a teaching tool. The spark never leaves - it just hides for awhile until you find it again in a different place and in the long run that is the place you needed to gravitate to anyway.
All my best to my fellow violinists and Happy Practicing!!!
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