The key to playing the violin (or any instrument) well is practice, but cultivating that discipline can be a big challenge.
Having a consistent practice time can help a great deal, but you have to choose a time that is do-able for you.
Obviously, a person who works a 9 to 5 probably will not be able to practice at 10 a.m. and will have to find a time that fits their lifestyle, whether it is a break in the middle of the day or an evening time.
When it comes to children, sometimes my young students are able to practice in the morning before school, and it works wonderfully. But sometimes that is simply impossible, with working parents and the need to get ready for school. But they usually need some kind of consistency: practicing right before or after dinner, etc.
A free-lancer with a wildly varying schedule might have to simply grab those practice times when they come. And a touring soloist...this is perhaps the wildest schedule of all! For example, witness Hilary Hahn, practicing on an airplane:
What do you find to be the most ideal time of day (or night) to practice? Do you practice at a consistent time most days, or does it vary a great deal? Has your best practice time changed or evolved? Please pick the answer that best describes your practicing, and then describe the details in the comments!
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