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I'd like to know if anyone has ideas of how I can practice playing violin without actually playing. I know this sounds ridiculous, but here's my predicament: It's 4:00am and I have this urge, this need to practice playing my violin. However, I don't want to wake the neighbors and do not have the luxury of a silent violin. What can I do that will better my playing without... well, playing.:-/ Is there something productive to do? I'm new so ANY creative ideas are helpful. I tried gently laying a finger over the strings hoping that it would result in a dulled sound, but it sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. Yikes! Any ideas? Do you think an air violin would actually do me any good? Lol
Not sure if I am goig to get the spelling correct but watch fiddlermans video on piccatio (sp) its where you pluck the strings and he has a method of plucking that produces a very muted sound. By utelizing that method you can practice your fingering to get the correct tones without making alot of noise.
Not sure if this will help you or not. I Drive a lot and found a way to practice vibrato without holding the violin. I have a 3 lb weight. I hold it with my left hand in the same position as I hold the violin. Move your arm or hand the way fiddler man shows in the videos, at the same time bend the first knuckle on each finger. This has really helped my coordination with doing vibrato. It also builds those mussels needed to do it smoothly.
I have one idea.
Take the violin, but skip the bow. Create an "airbow", simply have the hand empty.
And just practice as usually, but HEAR all sounds inside your head instead of producing them from the violin. Try out fingerings of pieces, you will be impressed by how your brain fills in the lacking space, such as sound.
If you have headphones, play with a recording. Use the Force 🙂
Wow, these are ALL awesome ideas. I will try all of them. Definitely the pizzicato helps. This way I can hear the sound to make sure that I DO have my fingers in the right spot. Once I've got that down, lenasv's idea would be awesome. I could even try without the violin and with the bow. Ha, and I thought I was doomed. A little creativity is all I needed 🙂
Paul, I really like your weight idea. Definitely not something I ever would've thought of on my own. I will be doing that.
Fiddlerman, my hand is so STIFF. I cannot get my hand to move so swiftly like you show in the video. I practiced for quite some time and I cannot get it down. If I even try to make them move like that, I lose grip of the whole bow. What's up with me? How can I fix that? 🙁
I also have a game idea! 😀 Similar to the fingering game, but using a microphone. See, this way we can practice fingering on our violin and test our memory. Maybe this is a little too complex, but it would definitely be helpful to a lot of people I'm sure. Either way, it's worth mentioning...
Just hold the violin like a guitar, sit back in your easy chair and pluck the bow area with your thumb and practice your left hand scales, patterns and songs. It's fun and works great for TV night.
Like to also add that you can sit back and practice bow in hand and go through the strokes. To me though that doesn't work so well. I need the violin in hand too to get the right angles for each string.
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