Getting back in shape
So, last week i did have a very strong stomach flu, that lasted about 1 and half week. During that time the pain was so intense i could not even stand up from my bed, so i couldn't play. Now i'm healthy so i picked up the violin to play again, but it's obvious: i'm out of shape. I tried playing a bit and everything sounds bad, only the scales but not the arpeggios. Even i think my coups d'archet are a bit rusty. The doublestops are nasty.
Do you guys know what can I do to regain my "strength"?
I do, but now i didn't and it is taking its toll
A week and a half without playing shouldn't shatter your technique. A day devoted to patient basics -- scales, basic finger pattern exercises, some bow stroke drills, etc. -- should be plenty for recovery.
Thanks lydia, i'm trying some easy things and some Sevcik along with scales, i think tomorrow i'll play at a normal pace
A week and a half without playing shouldn't shatter your technique.
So, I suggest you play some slow scales in thirds. And you say you're healthy but you might not be 100% yet. It takes sometimes a couple of weeks for your system to clear out an illness like that. Eat some chili fries or tater tots with cheese and wash that down with a few beers, then sleep for 12 hours. In the morning you'll be Heifetz.
Paul, was that Heifetz's secret?
The beer was certainly Kreisler's secret. If he'd lived during a time of chili fries and tater tots with cheese, I've no doubt he'd have embraced them enthusiastically. :-)
If an infection goes into the ears it can affect your hearing. A flu can affect your muscles. Just give it two days of normal practice, with an emphasis on technical fundamentals.
Take it slow and concentrate on good form - don't wear yourself out and ingrain bad habits as you tire. Sometimes I'll play easy stuff and just concentrate on "sounding good" rather than doing something that takes tons of focus while I'm trying to get back in shape.
Frankly, I have days when "everything sounds bad" and I don't seem to be able to produce anything listenable. For no discernible reason and without having to suffer through 10 days of agony beforehand. If I have a bad violin day like that I stop practicing and take up the fiddle the next day again (as an amateur I can afford to do that). And usually the next day things are back to normal.
I have a feeling that the horror that we often face upon picking up the violin after a week of inactivity (aside from being out of shape) is partially due to our ears hearing our own sound a little more objectively, and that it's actually a good thing psychologically to the focus on what is sticking out, as it may have been there all along, but in focusing on other things, we got used to this or that aspect of our playing instead of correcting it, and it is now sticking out at us and asking for us to work on it. Think of it as a blessing in disguise.
Well, i got in shape again. Christian, you're right, this is a oportunity, in fact, i have noticed previously where i needed to work, and yes, after "coming back" to the violin I validated it. But, right now we are in holidays so until the start of classes i can't show them to my teacher, while doing my best to correcting them myself. But maybe you can help me a bit. My main flaws are:
I'm sure there are people here that will have good suggestions for your specific concerns (I don't know the first thing about ricochet), but a sensible approach to say, tackling your vibrato, is to set aside 5 or 10 minutes in each practice session to focusing only on vibrato - I'm sure you can get specific exercises to do, but I bet you will also find that you can devise practice techniques yourself by experimenting a bit - That approach asks you to really listen and pay attention to and understand what you are doing, and it asks you to really search for the sound you want and try and be relaxed. There are times when we like to just drop everything and really work on one problem for hours, but if you just do 5 or 10 or 15 minutes every session, it prevents you from burning yourself out on the task, and you will find that in a month or two, you have made a good deal of progress.
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