Visualization as Practice
I just watched this video about visualization in practicing a task, and it seems eminently applicable to violin. I've done a bit of this kind of stuff, but not so consistently, and I saw one of Nathan Cole's videos a while ago that recommended repeated visualization of every aspect of making an entrance in a performance.
Do y'all use visualization in your practice regimens?
Sounds to me like very effective Preliminary Overthinking...
I recall a news story, following the Cultural Revolution in China, of the Chinese violin virtuoso, imprisoned during that time, who spent those years without an instrument, practicing in his mind every day and claiming to be an even better violinist when he was finally released.
Yes. I also advise my students to visualize important auditions/performances in advance of the actual event. It’s a core idea in The Inner Game of Music.
I do. It's a core part of mental practice. It's allowed me to make some reasonable progress on learning repertoire despite my shoulder problems severely limiting how much I can actually physically practice.
I do, and I took it to an extreme with a shoulder injury in 2019 when I played a concert that included Prokofiev's 5th Symphony having not touched my viola in more than three weeks. The second rehearsal was painful enough that I stopped playing, just did visualization practice every day, and showed up to rehearsals without my viola to take notes. I even played air viola in the dress rehearsal. It was effective enough that, having never played that symphony before, I was able to play almost all of it, only needing to fake a little in the last two pages of the finale.