Hi everybody. I'm excited to post my first post up here after a long time of just being a guest.
I'm 30 yo, and started playing 7 years ago, so I guess I would fall into the adult beginner category. Although its been 7 years since I first held a violin, it is only been 3 years since I started studying seriously with a teacher and learning the right technic and approach to playing violin, and practically I started from scratch at that time. My level now is playing up
to 6th pos, bach double, seitz etc..
I need an advice on a very known and common
problem but seems to be more extreme in
my case and just refuse to dissapear or get any better no matter what - I can't hear my self play !! And I mean that no matter how focused
I am, or how slow I'm practicing I don't seem
to hear and point out all the mistakes I'm making
and very easily overlook them just because I
don't notice it. But strangely enough, If I record myself and listen to it then suddenly
every little detail is apparent and obvious, and that goes to also if I listen to someone else play or if even I take the violin out of my chin
and play like a cello or something ! But once
it is under my chin it seems like I'm going deaf.
Of course I'm exaggerating a little here. I do here some problems as I play but it is very inconsistent and confusing. It comes to a point
that I play a piece or a scale or even just a single interval and I can't say for sure weather it was in tune, or how my sound
was or if it was musically pretty. My teacher
(who is great) and I isolated this problem today
,which affects me in any matter of playing and currently prevents me from making any
progress, and makes all my practice useless. Ironically enough, the slower I practice and more focused I try to be.. it seems to get worse. It's a vicious fact that I can't seem to be able to overcome no matter what. Even right after I heard a certain mistake on my recording, I still may think I solved it the next time I play the certain bar just to realize it's still there on the next recording. Needless to say: I'm very frustrated. It seems like a mental
block or something, reminding me of working in a coffee shop and not be able to smell the coffee while it is apparent to anyone who comes from outside. How do you overcome this problem ? Does anybody knows of any technincs or exercises that may help ? Is it common to any beginner/intermediate or am I just not cut out for playing ?
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