How to get used to a new violin?
I have just bought my dream instrument & would like to play it at a concert in exactly 1 week. My other violin really is quite crappy so it'd be really nice to use this one.
Do you think this is long enough to get used to it/break it in (it's almost brand new) and if so, what kinds of things should I do?
It sounds pretty good already but the intonation/finger placement seems slightly different.
Thank you :)
P.S. didn't know which forum to put this in - "instruments" didn't seem quite right...
Personally, I tend to get used to the feel of an instrument very quickly (usually 5-10 minutes of playing time, and I get a good image of the violin's sound, too). It takes me a few days to actually develop a good mental relationship with an instrument, however. If you pay close attention and correct all of your mistakes, you should be able to play the concert on your new violin.
It doesn't take TOO long for me to get used to a new instrument (I had to play Schoenberg's Transfigured Night on a borrowed instrument after cracking it the day prior).
I agree with the above posters that it shouldn't take very long to get used to a new violin. Just do all your playing on it from now on.
A week should be fine.