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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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Leana
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I don't know any working people with more time on their hands than me.  For sure this was easier for me than it would be for most-  Thanks tho  🙂 

GOOD LUCK to all !  🙂 

I swear- someday I will be playing as well as my imagination 

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Leana, did you feel like you accomplished something technically? Will you keep going with the schedule or take a day off?

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said
Leana, did you feel like you accomplished something technically? Will you keep going with the schedule or take a day off?

I haven't taken a day off yet, but it's only been two days-  LOL  I for sure thought that I would, but I really didn't need to as much as I thought- but a whole hour straight with no break will not happen again soon.

I suppose I learned technically, I worked on posture- left wrist spends more (not a lot, just more) time relaxed, and I know I am capable of sitting up straight now.

I learned that I can survive a popping string to the face- am considering  safety goggles

AND !! For the last half of the month I added Susuki violin 1 to my practice.  I wish I had the sheets for it, but a sound track came with violin-  I remember some of it from when I was ten, but mostly I noticed that since we all know I am still mostly playing by ear, it's amazing to me how different it was to play the natural notes of a beginner.

I am trying to make another video, but my recording equipment probably has spiders living in it- doesn't work well anymore. (not to mention again how awful this violin sounds to me now LOL)

oh- one more thing--  I have never done a challenge like this before-  I think maybe I am afraid of failure, but mostly, no previous challenge before this one even sounded remotely interesting to me.  I really enjoyed this one !! 🙂 

I swear- someday I will be playing as well as my imagination 

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All good. Thanks.

PS: LOL about wearing safety goggles!!!

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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leana - that string popping is no joke... yikes..

I am going to need this challenge.  I quit doing it when I got to the point where I played every day no matter what for 45 plus minutes.

I am struggling right now when learning some new things.. and I haven't played as much this last week.. wow can I tell.  I am so grumpy about this.

So I  have this paper out and on Sunday I am going to re commit and post.  Help keep me honest please.

We can do it.

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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coolpinkone said

So I  have this paper out and on Sunday I am going to re commit and post.  Help keep me honest please.

We can do it.

YOU CAN DO IT !!  get yourself some gold stars or something- to put on the page.

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You can do it, Toni! cheerleader

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damfino 

@Leana 

yahoo.. and thank you.  I am playing 45 minutes-60 minutes each day... whether I like how I sound or not. 🙂

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Starting this tomorrow, thank you for the sheet to keep track of everything 🙂

"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game." - Voltaire

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Good Luck, @Blue Bird (if you need it)

this is a full service forum- and welcome ! The sheet is pretty cool indeed !

Leana

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I just ran across this and though it was started years ago I intend to use it! It will help me structure my practice time and keep me from putting practice off for this reason or that LOL! I also need to drag my full length mirror down-stairs, so I can see what my body is doing! I need to be sure I don't allow my form to get sloppy. I am using my original Beginner lesson book 1, that I used in school 57 years ago. It was never meant for use without a teacher, but I understand the sheet music notation and the specific violin notations, so I know I will be bowing each note correctly, and can spend as much time on each lesson as I need to master it! I figure I can use the Fiddlerman videos to pick up my fingering again and any other lessons that a teacher would show you. Fiddlerman will be the teacher and the book will be my " practice" book just like in the good old days! 

"Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one".- Albert Einstein 

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Great stuff @Cearbhael - you have a plan - and it sounds like a good one !   We all need a "focus" -mine is different - that's not important - what IS important is that you've found  path to follow that's gonna work for you !   

Good luck ! thumbs-up

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

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

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Ty, @BillyG Your very right there! You need a plan, especially when you're no longer taking structured lessons! No one to tell you what to do or when to do it! So easy to fall into bad habits or to get lazy! I also need to include my flute lessons in there with the Violin as well! I never played any wind instrument before and I never had really strong lungs (almost died from double lobar pneumonia the summer between 2nd and 3rd grade) Music teachers always told me I was not strong enough for flute. I had a girlfriend let me mess around with hers and finally bought a used one! I am determined to enjoy it as far as I can take it! I will never get as far as I can on violin, but I do love the sound! Flute and violin are the only two instruments that transport me to tears! They touch my soul which is why I love them so much.

"Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one".- Albert Einstein 

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