When I first started out learning the violin, I have always had a set objective on what to practice and on what to improve or what to avoid doing. Be it straight bowing, keeping the shoulder relaxed, having proper bow hold, drawing out the sound properly and even doing everything at the same without a failure which was probably the hardest part.
Now I seem to have nailed those things but something is still bothering me. What has everybody noticed with the amount of success in each practice session? For me, it is completely random. Sometimes it is so random that I even think if it is some cruel joke.
I'll try to explain this as best as I possibly can. First ill define some things as how I see it myself. For me, I feel like a beginner when my intonation is awful, I can't seem to draw out proper sound and all the pieces I play are just plain awful. Intermediate would be having decent intonation but for some reason still not getting the beautiful sound the violin has to offer ,so it's fine but it could be better. Advanced is when the intonation is PERFECT, the sound is just awesome and the tone seems very rich while the sound seems to echo in any place I play.
Now. Why is it that when I wake up, I can sometimes be in a beginner state and no matte how much I struggle, I just cannot achieve good intonation. Fingers just don't seem to hit the right spot! On another hand, sometimes I just pick the violin up and I sound perfect. Don't want to exaggerate it but it sounds so good that it brings tears to my eyes. Most of the time I can achieve the intermediate state when practicing all day with some breaks, breaking through the beginner barrier and finally be happy the way I sound but..
what ticks me off the most is that when I'm happy with the sound and go to sleep with a happy face, the next morning or even evening or night without long continuous practice, I sound bad again!! Like I said it is complete bogus, I do not understand. It's like it doesn't matter how much I practice or play, I will still sound randomly awesome or bad.
What is the reason for this?
I'm really interested in your creative responses..
Violin is a very strange instrument for me compared to the guitar. For me, the progress I made with the guitar stays put. I can go to sleep and the next day I sound just as good and it doesn't matter when I pick it up! So what is this unknown factor X that keeps messing up my playing?
One day I get full of pride for my beautiful playing, the next day I get slapped by bad playing.
Regardless of all of this, I have to stay that the violin is still my only instrument that I love. I do not forgive myself if I miss even a day of practice even if it means sounding awful the next morning.. It is quite annoying when your technique level is jumping around like that anyway.
Please help me out!
If there is some magical fix to it, I'd love to hear it.
If not, I at least want to know if everybody else have the same problems as I do.
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