Someone interviewed 600+ students, teachers, parents and made the 10 commandments of learning violin
I saw this in a facebook group and wanted to share it here. Curious on your thoughts!
THOU SHALT Set Achievable Goals.
THOU SHALT Listen Before You Play.
THOU SHALT Break It Down.
THOU SHALT Practice Slowly.
THOU SHALT Listen For Your Mistakes.
THOU SHALT Use A Metronome.
THOU SHALT Keep An Audio Practice Journal.
THOU SHALT Practice In Front of A Mirror.
THOU SHALT Practice Away From Your Instrument.
THOU SHALT Share Your Struggle With Others.
Original post can be found here: 10 Commandments of Learning Violin
I guess "THOU SHALT Practice Regularly" is too basic huh? Seems to me that should be commandment #1. :)
That makes a lot of sense. Out of curiosity, if you had to replace the audio journal and practice away from your instrument with two other habits, what would you make them?
Jason, I would add
I would say "Practice Six Days a Week" would have to be nr 1
The full article explains; some excerpts:
Herman makes a good point ... take a crack at it yourself first and improve your sightreading skill.
That's easy to say. I'm awfully glad my parents helped me through a few slumps. Nobody has a crystal ball to see the future, but I bet my own kids will say the same, even if it takes 20 years.
Sorry, didn't mean to get so testy, but you very very often hear "let them quit if they want" from people who would never say that about Sunday School in a million years. And "plenty of money" is relative and often about choices. I spend less on my kid's lessons than most of my peers spend in restaurants. Glad my mom taught us all how to cook too!
Uh-oh. Yixi! Say it isn't so! My violin has a dinner date with the garbage. Lol
Seriously, there are so mch can be said about slow practice. One key has not been much discussed is slow down between repeats. When something is not quite right,give yourself at least a few seconds to think it through before trying again has been the best practice habit I've learned recently from Dr. Noa Kageyama. So often you see people/teachers/coaches yell "Again!Again!" This is very misleading to say the least because if something is not right, doing it again and again hoping that you'll get it right is not only wasteful but a bad habit of building faulty mechanism into playing. Repeat only when we get it right to solidify it.
Yixi, yes, I do all the family cooking. But I find a closer connection between cooking and synthetic chemistry! Violin is my vacation.
I cook, therefore I am. Violin is my new post-retirement job. Happy New Year!
I would replace one of them with "THOU SHALT Enjoy Playing Your Violin." Too often we practice boring exercises, etudes, and pieces we don't like. Its important to find some repertoire you love to play. And find ways to learn to enjoy the less-immediately-pleasant stuff. Make little challenges for yourself and learn to cherish the experiences where your scale is just a bit more in tune than it used to be, or when your vibrato becomes just slightly more expressive, etc...
@Yixi Zhang, I enjoy cooking to, but sometimes it hinders my ability to play violin: remember my post "Help! I cut my left finger"? Also, Todd has a good point.
Here's one important thing about violin and cooking (it's especially easy to understand to those who can cook without recipe). Nate Cole said something extremely insightful. I don't recall the exact words, but something like this: the music written on the paper is not a recipe but a menu. We players have to know how to produce the final result from the "menu" without having detailed instruction.
Yixi : I am good cook (at least my family and surroundings are still telling me) I am cooking without recipes and I enojyed it, so I have a potential to be a good violinist one day :) great!