How to get back after 3 months without playing?
Hi! I've spent 3 months without getting classes or even touching the violin. I will resume classes this week. I haven't been far from music though: I've been intensively studying piano for the last month since two friends asked me to accompany a violinist during their wedding.
Everything went great at the wedding, but now it's passed, I have to regain some violin skills during my practice time, so I'll ask you for some tips to get back in track with:
(2) Shifting, and positions in general (1st to 5th position).
(3) Left hand fingers agility.
(4) Bowing technique.
(5) Double and triple stops.
I left my classes while studying a Rieding concerto (I can't remember the Opus right now).
Thank you very much!
Work on etudes! http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~leonid/violin_studies.htm
Arpeggios might be helpful. Slurred with an evenness in sound across the notes, played forwards and backwards.
Review the same technical fundamentals that you did when learning the violin the first time around; exercises, scales, arpeggios, etudes; slow, patient, careful. It should take about 2 weeks.
Any sort of playing, once you know how, can be retrieved. But to avoid problems creeping in, start with relaxation and posture. Long, slow bows, some of the one-position scales designed to get your hand position and sense of pitch on track. Flesch's UrStudien is a decent model, although you might find others more appropriate to your level.
Flesch's UrStudien has an incredible amount in only 9 pages of music.
Just go back and review the stuff you were working on a few months before you left off. You'll be back at full strength in a few weeks, I predict.
I agree. It is a bad idea to anticipate (purely theoretically) a ton of problems. When--and if-- a problem actually does occur you'll know what it is and this makes it easier to plan for a solution than it is now.
I would start with Schradieck, then go on to scales, and you can start on 3rds/6th/8ves, and then if you have done any etudes go back to them. Kreutzer 2 is always good, or something else for detache. You can go back and very slowly look at the Rieding again for vibrato or for different bowings.
I agree with Albrecht that intonation might be the hardest to get back, and this is what tennis players say about their serve. But sometimes I wonder if my ability to listen objectively benefits from a little time off. :)
Hang on, this is 3 months not 30 years! A few exercises and etudes, some easy and then moderately hard pieces and you should be back on track.
Thank you very much everyone for your replies and suggestions. Some of them are overkill for me, but everything is welcome! I will talk tomorrow with my teacher and also see what does he suggest.