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Summertime and the Practice Ain’t Easy
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Stroudsburg, PA
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June 15, 2019 - 7:03 am
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I haven’t picked up my fiddle in 4 days! Today, I will finally have some time for practice. Last weekend was very good. I even recorded a new tune on Monday, Angeline the Baker. Then, everything began to fall apart. I was out of state for two days for a wake and funeral, came home to eight wholesale orders for our home business, and developed a summer chest cold that just seems to be zapping all my energy.

I felt like I was on a good roll coming off the weekend and this would be a good week with my fiddle, but it just wasn’t in the cards. So, today, I will get back on track! My current tune is Julianne Johnson.

I can say one thing. I don’t have any of that “guilt” that I haven’t played in four days or the “fear” that somehow this is the beginning of the end like I did when I first started and missed a day. Granted, this is the longest stretch in five months, but sometimes life gets in the way, I guess. The only thing I can do is pick up where I left off and move forward.


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June 15, 2019 - 8:59 am
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It’s just the opposite for me. I’m not being a substitute teacher in the summer but am keeping grandchildren. I have time to practice in 15 minute intervals throughout the day, keeps me more relaxed.


June 15, 2019 - 9:40 am
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Anymore I practice in 5 minute bursts while watching tv. When commercials come on I hit mute, pick up the violin and go at it. I watch tv while lying in bed, so my violin is in bed with me. I don't advise anyone to do that, but I practice on Jane, my $30 violin, she can put up with a lot of abuse and has. I don't seem to get any better but no worse either. I still haven't tried to speed up. In the beginning we are always told to go slow,,no one ever says to you its time to go fast, ha.

Trondheim, Norway

June 15, 2019 - 11:13 am
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Keep at it, as long as you're still practicing you will make progress. Sometimes life get in the way. Nothing to do about it, other than getting back on track whenever you can. Summers are usually busy for me as well. 

'Armed with theory, practice becomes meaningful. Through practice, theory becomes fulfilled.' - Egon von Neindorff.

Fort Lauderdale
June 17, 2019 - 1:48 pm
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Any practice is better than no practice. I feel terrible when I think of how little I practice. :(

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