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Movies, Mastiffs, and Other Time Wasters

March 1, 2011 at 6:10 AM

Since the last time I blogged, my entire world has exploded.

Pre-October, I was doing so well with keeping a consistent and practical practice schedule.  Then, I got tapped to help with a movie.  Then, after that wrapped, it was the holidays.  Then, I got a pet mastiff.  Then, I was informed that I was needed for some various projects and and fun events around town.  Then, my day job gave me more hours.  So, um, I hear the Think Method works, uh, great.


I am trying to get things rolling again, but so far have had to rely on a scale here, an etude there, and a few precious hours a week devoted to composition.  The mastiff barks at me when I am out of tune (really, he doesn't even flinch at an artificial harmonic, but if I play anything, regardless of octave, out of tune, I get an earful).  Sarasate is an afterthought.  So what's a girl to do?  So far, the only solution I've found is to whittle down my nightly 5.5-6 hours of sleep to nothing and live on a diet of espresso.

What about you?  Any tips for a gal who needs to be putting a good 3-6 hours of practice when she has no where near that much time to spare?


From Terez Mertes
Posted on March 3, 2011 at 3:39 PM

 Oh, you have my sympathies! I don't have your challenges, but I feel eternally challenged to get all my daily to-do stuff in. When it gets particularly overwhelming, I consider 2 options. One is to trim down the time I put into everything. That way I squeeze it all in, although it's sometimes too short of a time frame to produce satisfying results. The option two, is to let something drop from time to time. I try to exercise regularly - it's very important to me - but there will be times that it's "bye bye" to exercise. The following week, it might be that the exercise gets back in, but my writing time gets trimmed by a day. Or my violin time.

Both situations have their disadvantages. But I find that mixing the two keeps me from getting burnt out, and keeps me from dropping out.

Good luck. And love how your mastiff barks when you're out of tune. That's a hilarious story. : )

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on March 5, 2011 at 3:40 AM

That's nice to have a canine practice coach! I love dogs...  I'm sure it will help your overall life and hapiness to have your new pet even if it's not easy to deal with everything at the same time... 

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