Do miracles exist? (please read the details. It's not joke!)
So I had been struggling a lot with first finger positions and couldn't advance. I was advised to cut my nails pretty short and to take care of the bow speed and pressure but that only made the 'sound' (more of a noise) less scratchy. After feeling disheartened (for the umpteenth time XD) I decided to just practice open strings more thinking that maybe the problem lied there. As I was practicing I decided to try to experiment again (impatient as I am). I started with the G string; didn't work. Then I worked on making scratchy noises on purposes more out of frustration and less to get the idea of what I was found wrong. I tried again on the A string but that didn't work wither. But then when I was making scratchy noises on the E string it suddenly made a good sound. I'm not joking!
I started to slowly make way to the A and then to the D then the G string but the scratchiness was gone!
I think I probably did something right. Or maybe I was blessed by the violin gods!! :D
By the way, I'm not tonedeaf. If I was my family would have been 'friendly' enough to remind how gifting me the violin was the biggest mistake they ever made. Lol
A lot of times these things just eventually fall into place.
Sometimes miraculous things do happen, but you don't know when. Don't keep your hopes up on them.
@Michael McGrath thank you.
You are obviously thrilled by starting playing the violin.
@Bruno Camargo my first position isn't decent. But the scratchiness that wouldn't let me advance has been reduced. That's what I meant. It has reduced enough to motivate me from a new light. :)
Practicing tends to help make miracles happen!
You just learned an invaluable lesson. Practice with the aim to fix what you know you do wrong. Repeating the same wrong way over and over doesn't make it become right, it only reinforce the wrong way. (And repeating what you do right needlessly take away time that you need to fix what you do wrong) What you did is to isolate the problem (the right hand) by focusing on the most fundamental without being distracted by all the complicated things happening with the left hand, so you could focus on the right hand alone. Well done. Remember that in the future. As you progress you will encounter other situations where what one hand does is limiting what the other hand can do. Isolating the root of problems is the path to fixing them. Not easy to do and this is where a teacher is invaluable in helping you doing just that.
There was a masterclass video that was on Medici where Joyce DiDonato talked about practice ethics, in which she noted, “don’t recreate what just worked, analyse the process you went through to create that result.” I think the “miracle” was actually a result of your practice, and while it might stick around for a long long time, it might also be beneficial to take a step back to really understand what you did correctly!
The first of many.
@Roger St-Pierre thank you so much for putting it into words. I needed that ^_^
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