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Do you have a time of day when you believe that your practice time is more productive ?
Can you jump out of bed in the morning right into a good practice session ?
Does your practice routine change a lot over the weekend ?
Do you basically practice the same music as a work in progress or do you intentionally mix for variety ?
Do you have a teacher ?
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
I find that I have better practices in the evening. I think this is because I can dismiss the other cares of the day.
I have a lot of music in loose leaf notebooks by subject. "Etudes", "Country", etc. I usually just grab a book to suit my mood unless I have some church "gig" (where the choir director has come up with some "impossible" violin part !). I always will include something to remedy my current weakness.
I only had a teacher for a few months.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
I'm generally not a morning person at all, and not only do my fingers need time to warm up -- even my eyesight and hearing are fuzzy prior to my daily dose of coffee. I tend to prefer evenings and afternoons. Practicing right before bed is usually the only chance I really get, anyway. I have a job that puts really crazy irregular hours on me, sometimes working until only 6 pm, and sometimes, staying at my office for more than one day continuously. What can you do? That's movies for you.
I don't really have any structured practice per se. I typically do a few basic patterns, plus a few practice exercises I wrote, but that only occupies a short warm-up in practice. More often than not, though, I identify issues that I know I need to work on, and focus specifically on addressing those problems. I get around to the more "structured" practice exercises when my focus is on being able to integrate the other stuff I worked on together with actually being able to apply it in rhythm and on various ragas.
I originally had a teacher when I was younger, but not right now. I still keep in mind everything I learned from her as well as taking in what I can from the training videos online.
I check the forum while drinking my morning coffee then at 9am I pick the violin and dive straight into the latest 2-3 songs I'm practicing for about 20 min. The last 10 min I usually do an étude. So no warm up, it's boring
After dinner I pick the violin again for 30 min of songs before helping my son with his lessons and homeworks.
I was more inspired at night when I started (lol feels weird to say that, only 2 months ago) but now I realize that my best practice is in the morning! The one in the evening is always a bit meh, maybe because I'm tired.
"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov
I practice whenever i can. Depends of my working shedule. Sometimes not every day even (when i work from 8 am to 8 pm for example...). So i can't say that there's the best time to learn. If i put my hands on fiddle- i'm already happy. But prefer to have practice somewhere between 16:00 and 21:00. If i had no neighbours and homers i'd prefer to practice late at night. Now it's 2 am here and i feel itch to play
I practice daily. I generally try to pout inb at least a half an hour but usually more like an hour or two. Some nights longer if I am really feeling into it. I mostly practice in the evenings, from 6:00pm onward. Warmup , I usually start with something simple like "Fiddlerman's Easy Pieces in C" or, some of the Etude's from "Wohlfahrt (Book 1)" or maybe a few simple Christmas tunes. After that I try and spend an hour or so learning a new piece or etude, or working on a new technique such as double stops, or just trying to work on playing something harder that I need to improve on.
I currently don't have a teacher. I am planning on joining a local community orchestra and hopefully they will help me find a good teacher. I have also been playing since I was about 10 or 11 years old (back then I had a teacher) but I didn't play much for decades following so over the past few months I've picked up from where I left of and seem to be getting better and making some good progress.
BTW even as a youngster I was never forced to learn the violin. It was always something I did by choice. It is something I wanted to do even from a very young age. My Mom tells me that even when I was as young as 2 or 3 someone asked if I was going to learn to play the piano and I said that I want to learn to play a violin. So it seems like the desire was always with me.
I usually practice twice a day at minimum. Once for about a half hour as soon as possible after I wake up, and then another half hour after I've had some coffee and done whatever needed to get done after I woke. That is scales and "etudes" (for lack of a better word).
Then during the course of the day, I'll find time to do four 5 minute sessions of practising on whatever current song or two I am working on.
After that, I have "paid my dues" for the day and we go into "collect on the dues" mode and I just play whatever song or piece a feel like here and there throughout the day. But that is technically playing rather than practising.
"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
Do you have a time of day when you believe that your practice time is more productive ? I am most focused and have the energy about midnight most days, I practice until about 2 am. My work schedule makes for a pretty weird timetable. Its supposed to change, and then what will I do?
Can you jump out of bed in the morning right into a good practice session ? I can, after breakfast and some coffee. just depends on quality of sleep night before.
Does your practice routine change a lot over the weekend ? um no, Intonation, etudes, several songs.
Do you basically practice the same music as a work in progress or do you intentionally mix for variety ? I mix n match cause Im in no hurry and I believe your brain needs a brake.
Do you have a teacher ? NO, I have taken in person lessons for about two months for bluegrass. I have also taken about a months worth of skype lessons for irish. The problem is my brain doesnt take to traditional lessons and I dont focus like that. Id rather have a talented individual work on a specific song with me and show me the tricks, rather than just lessons. too random i guess.
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