May 27, 2009 at 1:09 PM
Its funny that if you happen to put the violin down for a week or two and come back to it, you notice many things with your own technique.
My fingering has improved dramaticly with playing scales in 3rds - it used to be uncomfortable but now I can keep my all my fingers down and move freely. Also my inner ear seems to have caught up and I'm starting to match my intervals much sharper thn before and even the note which is played, even my self awareness of when I am playing off key has improved alot.
Its been actually nice, but does this say that I play in a way thats detrimental to my hands? I never noticed any pain or discomfort while playing, in fact I feel that my hands feel much better than they do when I'm using a computer.
I've also been readjusting my life to suit myself more ergonomically... and OH BOY has it brought up pain or what! My back is to tender, I need a massage...now
heard this quotation once, but don't remember who said it...
If I don't practice for one day, I can tell
If I don't practice for two days, close friends and colleagues can tell
If I don't practice for three days, everyone can tell
Sam, you should know this! It is a russian saying. My russian teachers told me this! lol
Dimitri sometimes it is true but I think in the long run... well I wouldn't try it :)
I believe it is necessary in the long run, after practicing for so many hours every single day, once you give your body time to rest and recover, it gives many benefits :)
Its like learning a new etude for a month, then learning another one for 2 weeks then going back to the previous one - attempting to master it, you'll marvel at how well you can play it.
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