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Fiddlerman's 35 Day Practice Challenge
Fiddlerman is challenging you to practice 35 days in a row.
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Fiddlerman
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January 8, 2015 - 10:10 pm
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Hey everyone. I am challenging anyone who is interested to practice 35 days in a row, set goals, and notice the difference. I started the challenge sheet with 30 minutes working up to 60 minutes but feel free to reduce or increase it depending on what you are already used to. The important thing is to try to be disciplined and consistent. I propose that we start this coming Sunday.

Download this sheet, Fiddlerman's 35 Day Practice Challenge, put it up in plain site (fridge door, bedroom, bathroom....etc.) where it can't be missed, and see what you can accomplish.

On the right side of the sheet you have room for writing goals. Fun to compare to later at the end of your 35 day period.

Who's in?

Thanks for the idea Dennis.thumbs-up

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but the one who needs the least."

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reminds me of the 100 day challenge going on in my group  ;)

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Fiddlerman
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January 8, 2015 - 10:26 pm
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The Fiddling Violist said
reminds me of the 100 day challenge going on in my group  ;)

Thanks for the idea Barry. It's a great motivator. Perhaps I should change it to 101 days. ;)

Have you guys ever seen "This Is Spinal Tap". These go to 11. ROFL!!!

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Actually I think your guys 35 day idea is more managable. Great way to log practice and see just how much you are really investing. Ive missed days in my 100 day challenge, we are currently on day 68 and I know Ive lost people, should of did a 30 day deal  :)

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I printed out the "Challenge" sheet, added the minutes together (26.75) hours, divided my daily practice hours into that total time and realized I do that in about 8 days (when I'm not working) and about 10 days when I am working.

I'm sometime's playing at 5:30 am before I leave for work and then again when I get home after dinner while watching TV for another two or three hours. Saturday's and Sunday's I really giver he**. wink 

Time passes so fast when you're having fun and trying to make up for being away from it for 50 or more years.

 

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I'm in.  I miss days when Im busy with school & other things so this might help me be more consistent, 

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I am in.  Good idea.

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Aloha @Fiddlerman,

You can count me in.  I've a actually been doing more composition than actual practicing, so this will be a good change for me.  I've also been doing some transcription and should have a couple more tunes to share in the near future.

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Im in, this will be a great warm up for the SJ jamboree. I'll start this Sunday  :)

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I am in!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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count me in.  It's easier for us old retired guys, I think.  Working on normal stuff, but also arm position, shifting to third and starting to work on finger speed.  My old (wind-up) metronome runs out of steam about the same time as I do, so its a good match but IT has no soul.

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Me too.  I've already made "resolutions" regarding this - what I intend to do is STOP (or at least cut-back-on - I know I won't stop entirely) playing "any-old-tune-that-suddenly-comes-into-my-head".   Although it is great fun to do, I usually just end up just playing parts of the song - usually the chorus, or main hook, just as I hear it in my head.  Rarely do I go off and research the tune or find the music for it, leaving it "half finished".  SO that's one of my goals - be a bit more strict on what I choose to do with my practice time.   The second goal is related - take some of these "half finished" tunes, and work on them, and bring them to "completion".....   Lots of other things as well...   Great idea guys !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Excellent idea and timely as it turns out.  I've been having tone issues lately and yesterday I recorded myself using Apple's Photo Booth to see if everything looked good.  OMG, no it did not.  The bow was arcing like crazy.  So, for the next month I'm going to be practicing while repeating, "Keep your elbow back, Keep your elbow back..."  I'll be using Photo Booth to make sure my elbow doesn't sneak too far forward, until it gets ingrained in muscle memory again.  It's back to Wohlfahrt for me.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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Count me in.  thumbs-up

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I'm definally in! I love the idea of this challenge. I need to set goals for myself instead of just "fiddling" around. lol Thanks FM! 

Lead me, Follow me, or get out of my way!

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Fiddlerman
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That is fantastic everyone. I'm keeping up too. I missed the first day but made up for it the next and have been doing great. :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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I'm in as soon as I get home. I have been working on Paddy on the Turnpike and think I will use this as my benchmark tune. 

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Good deal Ripton. Start on Sunday or whenever you like, and loop back when you are at the end of the page.
It's very inspiring. :)

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I've started today (better late than never!). My goal is to improve bowing and intonation.  Looking forward to the results!

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Hello Kim!

Welcome to the Challenge.  I have a few NONE days on this one and two that have  short short practices.  But other days I have an hour...  I love having the sheet practice.

I am ending a 100 day challenge that overlapped with this one also.  I have to find the last day of the 100 day challenge.

I plan to keep doing back to back challenges, and I plan to do better each month over month.

Yahoo and Welcome

Toni

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