Violinists know a lot. I don't mean to say we are smarter than others or all geniuses or anything, I mean that we literally have a ton of information stored in our heads - techniques, exercises, phrasings, musical advice, repertoire, and lots else besides.
But repertoire - that's where it gets tricky. It takes a certain amount of brain power to learn a piece, but what about retaining it? We've all been there: we try to play a piece that we knew super well, but haven't played in a while, get a few lines into it and crash. It's demoralizing, frankly. Often I feel untalented and inadequate after one of these train wrecks. So how can this phenomenon be avoided?
There's obviously not enough hours in the day to practice (or even play straight through) all the pieces one learns, so how do you keep your repertoire from slipping through your fingers? When you're always learning new material, it's easy to forget about the pieces from the past, but none of us can afford to lose repertoire out of laziness or unsure practice habits.
This is why I need your help: how do keep up with it all? What is your practice schedule for refreshing old repertoire? Is it a rotating schedule, or do you block out specific days each week/month to work on restoring those pieces to their former polish? How polished should you keep those old pieces? How do you navigate the wonderful and shifting world of violin repertoire? Any advice would be most welcome, so please chime in! Thanks!!!
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