In the past month or so I have found myself repeatedly drawn to practicing in the grove of trees that are arranged in a semi-circle in our backyard. I have found that I enjoy practicing outside much more than practicing in the oppressive walls of my room. In addition to enjoying the outside more, just being able to practice outside is a huge motivation for me especially after a long day of homeschooling in that very room, which has neither much light nor much space. The set up outside is fantastic, a branch over my head has a small hook where, if I need to put my bow somewhere, I can just hang it in a very accessible place, a natural bow holder if you will.
Another thing I have noticed about practicing outside is that it is quite helpful to release tension. The best way for me to describe it is that I am practicing in an area that I use specifically to practice.
When I practice in my room, I have school books that constantly remind me to study, art tools that make me want to draw and paint, and electronics that contain a plethora of distractions. When I can go outside the biggest distraction I have are the mulberries a few feet away. I suppose others deal with this by having a practice room, however, I much prefer to be outside. The only downside to playing outside is that if school is out I quickly have a small crowd of African children peering over the hedge asking for mangoes, but this only happens on weekends or holidays.
I'll never forget the time I was practicing outside and a wasp landed on the violin bridge. Now we have a pretty severe wasp problem with nasty black wasps, but this wasp was big and had a yellow stripe on its abdomen. My brother had been stung by one a while ago and it left a pretty big welt about an inch wide. So I didn't move... at all. I just stared out of the corner of my eye as the wasp proceded to 'lick' the bridge of the violin. Eventually, I slowly put the violin down on the picnic table and backed away. But it didn't leave for like two minutes. I guess it just liked the taste of rosin? At this point, the novelty of the situation had worn off and I was ready to start practicing again so I grabbed a cloth and quickly threw it over the violin. I then slowly pulled the cloth off while hiding behind a chair, and it flew off. Hasn't happened since.
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