Here's a question I don't think I've seen addressed on this site before:
You know the ubiquitous bowing variations in etudes? Like Kreutzer 2 or various Wolhfahrts or the Dounis Daily Dozen exercises seven through ten? Yeah. I've played twelve years and I still can't do them for more than a few measures without messing up. I can do them fine if they're written out all the way, but I'm not particularly keen on the idea of making thirty-plus copies of Kreutzer 2 and painstakingly filling in each bowing. I've tried trying to feel a pattern (say, one separate bow, three slurred, one separate, one slurred) - going extremely slowly - counting out loud while playing. But nothing so far has worked. I especially get thrown for a loop when the beats are on up-bows. It's like my subconscious switches to a down-bow on the beat before my conscious mind can tell it to stop, and then I get all messed up. But once again, if it's written out, I don't have a problem at all, especially if I can mark in a quick bowing in a particular problem area. It's just like I need a constant visual reminder of where I'm at.
I'm not sure if this is a memory problem, a perception problem, a problem with envisioning what I'm about to play, or what... Any advice? Does anyone else have this problem, or is it just me?
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