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I practiced on and off for three hours this morning and couldn't put a finger right. I even sent a SMS to my teacher saying that I was considering canceling today's lesson.
Her reply was that, that would be OK , but, maybe the lesson was what I needed. So off I went.
The lesson went OK. I was happy with what we did and I went on my way.
Tonight I have been practicing for about the same amount of time and it's been one of the most productive practice session that I've ever done.
I seem to be 'all over the place' lately. Do the experienced players ever have the same problem?
Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of ..... What was I saying????
You're probably just coming up on one of those plateaus in the learning process, Ferret.
Right before a little bit of a breakthrough, your ability can seem a bit spotty, especially to *you*. I've never been sure if it comes from expecting and trying for more or just the last stages of a jump in getting some stuff you're working on down better. Maybe either, maybe both.
But your teacher was probably right. A lesson or jam session can sometimes give that little push it takes to "bust the rut" good and proper.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
The mind works in mysterious ways.
As does the fiddle. I picked it up at 4:00 am this morning, and was really startled at how lousy it sounded, dull and no beauty to the tone's coming from within. I'm beginning to think it's time for another new violin. The G string just doen't produce the sound it did when it was new. Maybe I've worn out the string's already.
Maybe it's just the fact that I don't play with vigor at that time of the night because I'm afraid of waking my next door neighbor's.
The "Ultra's", that came on the violin were immediately replaced with "Zyex", then a few day's later I changed to "helicore".
I just now played it as I'm writing this post, I guess maybe I don't play quite so aggresively at 3 and 4 am. I doesn't sound too bad now, but I think I'll go back to the "Zyex's" again, just for the heck of it. Thinking more about it, I just can't see how it could be mainly the G string, as it's the least played string of the four.
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