February 2011

Students in agony:"we hate practicing".

February 4, 2011 13:18


Within my violin school,nearly 50% of the students do not practice well at home.I will not lie.I really used to be like them.we find practicing at home so boring and not exciting at all.

I am posting this for my friends,and for everyone who finds studying at home,something that holds sheer enervation and boredom.

I believe that too much of a thing you hate makes it more easy to get used to it.well,my brother suggested that I open the TV while doing scales,so that time can pass like that of a TV addict and not of a good violin practicer.however,unfortunately,I kept on staring at the digital clock beside the news line...and you know the rest.

Now my brother got married,and I learnt to tune the violin myself.the more important is that I bought a new German violin.NEW.not second hand like some,or the hundredth hand like some.It came with its own high tension Evah Pirazzi set.as if the vendor knew I want to improve my tone quality using those hard strings.

The new violin was Papa Noel.gifts rained on me after this violin.God showed my the way how to enjoy playing violin!YES....

It is very easy,I can guarantee an hour of practicing or two.first,play scales as much as your weak nerves can stand.then,FIND A CHALLENGING PIECE.even if you are following the boring Suzuki method like I do.find a piece that you really wish to play(or you don't).read it all,for today,then start peeling it for tomorrow and after.I mean you can just read the whole peace then divide it and study it as you wish.the important part here is that the piece is exciting.like Kreisler(?) Preludium and Allegro/Tambourine Chinois ,or Sarasate Caprice Basque.AVOID things like Elgar love's greeting.(or boring pieces I mean.perhaps you like it).Bazzini dance of the goblins or Mozart are so systematic.the style of music which I hate.choose what you like and study it.do not choose according to what will improve your technique only.

Delphin Alard has prepared a good scales book.you can run through it (like the knife through the gateau).It is not boring at all.

Well,the last thing is that you can begin a piece while you're finishing the previous one.I began to read Accolay while polishing Bach's exhausting concerto in A minor.putting in mind that my school is still recognizing me as (book six student)..CAN YOU ENJOY HANDEL?..I don't...I feel that Suzuki meant to make us bored as to let us get out of the horrible world of Suzuki and make some adventures depending on ourselves.

thanks for reading.

Omar Ibrahim



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