" What, these three little movements? Oh I just don't think of it. They all come so naturally to me. You mean you can't do ANY of them? Oh, well ... Oh, uhm ... *pause* Well, I can.
Did I mention that they all come Naturally and Effortlessly?"
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.
I fall into slumps where I don't touch the violin for a few days. I thinks its normal. Plus I have other interests that I love and that require attention just as much as I love the violin. But it always seems that when I get back to playing I notice even a slight improvement and that helps keep me motivated. With anything, I think LULL's are normal and nothing to worry about.
Good to hear Crazymotive... I think I am getting used to the lulls and slumps. I think sometimes just talking about it helps. Onward and upward. I haven't had a real slump in a while. I know they can be miserable. So I try to get through a lull before it becomes a down right slump where I don't play for 2-3 days. (that hasn't happened in a long time)
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
It's been my experience in playing other instruments that these "slumps" are not only normal but also "necessary" as well. These plateaus of learning always follow a jump in our skill level where we've had some sort of breakthrough. After the breakthrough, in my experience it seems we work through "refining" what we've learned in that breakthrough until eventually we make the next breakthrough and the next leap.
Learning instruments is a series of steps up a staircase of learning. Some of the steps lead to little terraces of learning, while others feel almost like hallways of learning where we have to walk on the same "floor" for a while before we're ready to continue going up.
I believe in hard work and dedication and daily practice, although I always allow myself "1" day of the week where I don't focus on music or practice. Our brains and muscles sometimes need a day to "recuperate" and process into memory everything we've learned. Alot of times, when working hard on stuff, it's after those "breaks" that I'll have that sudden breakthrough of something.
Sometimes on my day off though, I'll watch some isntructional videos, or especially, listen to some good music, some really competent fiddlers and just try to soak up what they're doing. It's surprising how much we learn without even having the instrument in our hands and just listening and watching...
It's hard not to despair at times...we all do, myself included. But those are the moments to just say "hey" "I'm on my way and I'm walking towards my goal and I can't learn it any faster than it's going to happen" "but, at least I'm heading towards my goal and one day, I'll cross it"
I dunno, mentally it works for me....
" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"