Are you a perfectionist?
The definition of a perfectionist is: "a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection."
Though perfectionism can be helpful during practice, it can actually be a hindrance in performance -- and in normal life! During a practice session, the idea is to take a series of notes, learn to play them correctly, then reinforce that accuracy of execution. However, after the technical practice is done and it's time to play for musicality, or to play for other people, you have to be able to enjoy the performance, focus on communicating and let go of perfectionism.
Not an easy trick, and I think that the very act of being a violinist can set people up for an almost destructive level of perfectionism, whereby it's difficult to let go of those "perfect" standards in violin-playing, and in other areas of life. We tend to push very hard.
Do you consider yourself a perfectionist? (Check out this article if you still want more of a definition, or even take a quiz!) And what are you thoughts about perfectionism, in relation to the violin, or to life in general? Do your high standards on the violin affect other areas of your life?
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