July 20, 2009 at 5:42 AM
Entry #2, here we go!
Recently, I've felt that my practicing has been unfulfilling. You see, I had a stint where I was playing viola on a concert tour in Austria (for trip info click here and go to 2009 PSSO Tour Web link). I spent very little time with my violin before the trip, during, none at all, and have since struggled to get back into really productive practicing. I have no lack of material to study, nor do I lack motivation. I'm just not finding my focus.
Tonight, however, I think I had a breakthrough. Finally...
As I was practicing, I noticed aspects of my playing that I didn't like. Well, I do all the time, but I really thought about the specifics so it wasn't like, "well, my bow arm sucks" or something like that. Rather, it felt like I was taking the first step back toward productivity. I didn't really address those concerns tonight; I just decided to make note of them and begin to deal with them tomorrow. One must take baby steps, right? Or perhaps, I'm just procrastinating again. I prefer the first.
So, here are some of my observations:
I actually have some solutions in mind....HOORAY!
That's it for now. I have more ideas, but those two are the ones that occurred to me while practicing.
It is late (or really early) and sleep calls. Hopefully, I can make some progress tomorrow (later today) using these solutions.
Can you expound on that bear paw thing please?
I'll write a blog on it in the near future.
I like your strategy. I, too, must give myself direction and goals to work towards. I keep a practice log. After I've practiced, I write down what I've played and what aspects of it I need to work on or new techniques or approaches to try. The next time I practice, I read my practice log and work on whatever I noted.
I'm looking forward to hearing about the bear's paw.
The Bear Paw explanation is up. Enjoy!
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