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Crazymotive
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Is it just me ? Or does everyone have "off days" where you just can;t seem to play at all (or just barely) ?   I am thoroughly disgusted with my playing today.  I am screwing up and making mistakes on some of the simplest things. And even when i'm not making mistakes my playing just isn't up to par today. I think its time to put the violin away and try again tomorrow.

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funny you should mention that exact thing...I had one of those days yesterday.

Couldn't play nothin', every note was wrong, every double stop sounded terrible... thank God I wasn't getting paid to perform! LOL

I'd be broke and jobless today. facepalm 

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Yes, that is exactlythe same as what is happening to me tonight.  Funny thing was that I felt good and was really looking forward to playing earlier in the day.  Then finally when I get around to it I come out sounding so bad that I'd get kicked out basic beginners violin 101. : duncecapduncecapduncecap

 

Not only is my timing and intonation way off tonight even my bowing is messed up. Not that my bowing technique is all that great to begin with.  dazeddazed 

 

Ah well,  I'll keep my crossedfingersfingers crossed  and hopefully have a better day at it tomorrow.

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Oh welll, I just ran through a few brief practice excersizes and it sounded better so now I feel better  and I can call it quits for tonight  sleepwithout feeling like a total trainwreck.  smile

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chin up!

whenever I have a session like that, the next day's practice seems to go 10X as much in a good direction as the previous days was bad.

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For what it's worth... the day I had a crappy practice, a storm front was coming thru and we've now had 2 straight days of stormy weather, high humidity, cold temps outside and rain...

I think my violin wants to stay under the covers where it's toasty warm and just sleep while the rain falls outside... Hmmmm.

It's supposed to be sunny and in the high 60's this weekend... maybe we'll see if the change has a positive effect on my little friend. dunno

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I have days when I can play anything and days where I am off. I think this is a normal part of being human. smile

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Yes, I guess it's just a normal part of being human.  I'm playing  great (well, relative to my skill level) today.  Much better than yesterday. I guess it;'s like anything else. You have the good days and the not so good days. 

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I have had this happen, specially, when I know that am not focusing as much as I should. I have not had a chance to practice the past three days, and am itching to grab my violin and start playing.

"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something."

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Isn't that strange, I picked up my violin yesterday after spending 5 days in the hospital, WOW, sounded like a $1 million Strad., not at all like last Sunday when I hung it up.dancing

I guess a little rest is a good thing.

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The rest/break really does wonders on everything else, so why not playing? I was super gung-ho about violin practice and burned myself out both mentally and physically!..and Violin-ly? A case of super blahs! When I get it back from the shop, I shall try this strategy. When something gets to the point where I'm just turning wheels and not going where I want to go, I'm going to put it up instead of pushing through and getting more frustrated. 

If it's just all in my head, I probably need a good break to switch gears and get my mind off of whatever is bothering me about my playing.

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Fiddlestix said

Isn't that strange, I picked up my violin yesterday after spending 5 days in the hospital, WOW, sounded like a $1 million Strad., not at all like last Sunday when I hung it up.dancing

I guess a little rest is a good thing.

Maybe the fiddle always sounded like a Strad and it was your ears that needed a rest? smile Hope you're feeling better now...

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What Cat said smile

Actually some people say that one day without playing and you can tell. Two days without and your stand partner can tell. LOL

I personally feel that if you burn yourself out with too much practicing it can sound worse for a while. I will usually help in the long run but you can get that temporary lag.

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Must be true, time off is good for you.

 My kids say they enjoy my fiddleing more on the days I dont play!  rofl

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Late bloomer said

Must be true, time off is good for you.

 My kids say they enjoy my fiddleing more on the days I dont play!  rofl

-don't you just love the brutal honesty of children doublekiss

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LOL, that is hilarious. Kids........

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That's normal, try to play after an hour.

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Some day's I can just sort of "feel" the music as I play and it seems to just flow naturally and I feel connected with the instrument and the sound.  Other days every now and then I feel more mechanical, as if I am grinding out the music and it's just not that natural connection.  I don;t know if that makes any sense but it's more a sensation or feeling than something that can be measured or put into words.

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It makes plenty of sense and this is the case with almost everyone. RIGHT?

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You got that right. It is frustrating but you know that there will be good days too where you wonder, is that really me playing.

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