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How long do you practice on average a day? Please be truthful.
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Hello!

This is always a fantastic topic.  I  am glad we are revisiting. 

I play about an hour.  Usually within the playing time there is 10-15 minutes of correction or things that I consider real practice.  ( I am too indulgent and I play more than I practice).  But that is why I am always excited for projects that force me to "walk the line."

On the days that I am home, I might play 2-3 hours. My violin is always out and very near to where I am ... I walk by and often play for 15 minutes or so.   (  Especially each time I let my Howling Basset Hound out.  He likes to sing or yell at me when I play standing up.  If I sit he will curl up at my feet.  I am not sure what his issue is... ha ha.. maybe my playing.  I do know the more I vibrate in tune it gets him to shake his head like it is ringing in his long droopy ears.)  sorry to ramble.

What is everyone using for playing / practicing goals.  New year... will you put your violin practice as a New Years Resolution?   Hey wait.... I will start a thread......

 

Cheers,

Toni

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coolpinkone said
Hello!

This is always a fantastic topic.  I  am glad we are revisiting. 

I play about an hour.  Usually within the playing time there is 10-15 minutes of correction or things that I consider real practice.  ( I am too indulgent and I play more than I practice).  But that is why I am always excited for projects that force me to "walk the line."

On the days that I am home, I might play 2-3 hours. My violin is always out and very near to where I am ... I walk by and often play for 15 minutes or so.   (  Especially each time I let my Howling Basset Hound out.  He likes to sing or yell at me when I play standing up.  If I sit he will curl up at my feet.  I am not sure what his issue is... ha ha.. maybe my playing.  I do know the more I vibrate in tune it gets him to shake his head like it is ringing in his long droopy ears.)  sorry to ramble.

What is everyone using for playing / practicing goals.  New year... will you put your violin practice as a New Years Resolution?   Hey wait.... I will start a thread......

 

Cheers,

Toni  

For me, it is still very much practice more than playing.

I can still mess up Mary Had A Little Lamb... but I do get it right more often than not now.  😉

I am getting better at playing Long, Long Ago, and Ode To Joy, and several other tunes in my lesson books, but I cannot truly say that I have mastered any of them just yet.

I look forward to a time when I can play as much, or more than, I practice.

MACJR

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I practice about an hour a day.  

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Lately, at least an hour a day, sometimes more if I'm having fun trying to get a song right. But I'm usually split down the middle, about a half hour of technique (sometimes more) and half hour (sometimes less) of whatever song I'm learning. 

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I wish I had more time to practice. I do more testing instruments than anything else now a days. Fortunately, playing the violin is a little bit like playing the violin for someone like me who has worked with it so long.

@MACJR - Practice more than playing shows that you are very conscious of your progression and how to achieve it. Good attitude but remember to have fun. Some people play to clear their minds and others to fill their minds. 🙂

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@MACJR - Practice more than playing shows that you are very conscious of your progression and how to achieve it. Good attitude but remember to have fun. Some people play to clear their minds and others to fill their minds. 🙂  

Ah, but learning is fun for me. There is not much I enjoy more than learning something new, or working to get better at something.

There is also nostalgia involved here. I had always wanted to play the violin again. It just seemed out of reach for most of my life, after I had to give up playing as a kid.

I am starting to play well enough to feel the music I am playing, and this is reflecting in the music I play, and I do very much enjoy that. I want to get to a stage where the music can flow more easily, where I can think less and just do.

Getting there, but still much to learn and skills to refine.

Fun stuff, for me.  🙂

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It all sounds great to me MACJR. Learning is fun, is music to my ears!

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@MACJR so happy that you are having fun and the nostalgia and fulfillment is awesome too.  

Learning is fun, espcially music.... and new techniques and the rewards that come from applying the information.

Congrats again.

Cheers,

Toni

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@MACJR so happy that you are having fun and the nostalgia and fulfillment is awesome too.  

Learning is fun, espcially music.... and new techniques and the rewards that come from applying the information.

Congrats again.

Cheers,

Toni  

@coolpinkone - Ah, yes, the rewards of sore fingertips from a too long a session of trying to learn vibrato. Something I never learned as a kid. I remember my instructor doing vibrato, but I had not reached that level yet before I had to give up lessons.

Oh, wait, I guess that was not a reward, but a lesson instead. USE LESS FORCE next time!  😉

For me, I love to learn in general. I can get just as hooked into HTML, CSS, and PHP (raw under-the-hood geeky web page stuff) as learning the Treble Clef and Alto Clef, and all those symbols, keys, and timing things. Right now, I am keeping my focus on music, but I have many other interests that nag at me to get back to them.

My goal is to get back to work on my web sites, and or my writing, and my art too, sometime soon, but still keep up with my lessons and practice sessions. That is going to be difficult. I am one of those people who dive into something and put all my focus on that, and then find it hard to do anything else while my drive is still going hot for that project. I can get a lot done very fast that way, but it does not leave much room for anything else on the side.

So going to try to train myself to work on more than one thing at a time soon, because I do need to get back to work on my web sites, but I also want to get better at playing the violin, and learn the viola too.

And here I thought it was hard enough to find time to work out and get stuff done too.

MACJR

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@MACJR I too played in Jr. & High School in the 60's and stopped after that but have restarted in June of this year and am having so much fun!  I also believe that having played in the past has made it somewhat easier for me to start again. Enjoy the journey 🙂

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Fran said
@MACJR I too played in Jr. & High School in the 60's and stopped after that but have restarted in June of this year and am having so much fun!  I also believe that having played in the past has made it somewhat easier for me to start again. Enjoy the journey 🙂  

It has been fun, for the most part, for me. I went through one rough patch where I wondered if I was cut out for this, but then my playing smoothed out somewhat. I have better days, and some rough patches now and again, but the overall trend is that my playing is getting better. My fingers do get better and finding the right notes in what use to be finger-twister moves for me. And I am getting better at avoiding accidentally playing double stops, although it still happens every so often.  😉

It will be a while longer before I get to the playing level I want, but as long as I keep working at it, I will get there. I am sure of it. I cannot let myself give up when I have not given myself enough time and practice to achieve my goal of being at least an okay violin player.

I hope that you also find joy in your journey, Fran.  🙂

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@MACJR I have been known to throw myself into something and focus on that exclusively. I like to learn new things.  We have a very talented group of violinist, Violist, etc here on the forum, wood workers, and all kinds of projects. You are in the right place. 

There is a break room thread.... you can post all the good stuff and projects there.   I have been a bit flakey with my writing, knitting and other  projects.  I have been focused on violin, cooking and trail running... so I haven't been doing my "art" either.

Cheers,

Toni

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@coolpinkone, social interactions are always problematic for me. I am socially awkward, a bit more than it would seem, especially in person. Still, I have found this to be a good place to visit and talk. Better than any other place I have been to in a long time... since Facebook came around. Almost all my family and friends did a mass migration to that social forum, and then most of the smaller boards dried up and died, or are just barely hanging on these days.

I do not understand why so many people like Facebook. All most people do there is play games, show pictures, and share canned messages to each other, over and over and over and over again. The pictures, sure, some of those are nice, but the rest, I became more than fed up with years ago. I no longer even read my news feeds there. 99.99 percent pure waste of my time.

It is nice to find a place where people actually still talk with each other, and share some common interests with me.  🙂

As for The Break Room, I have been looking into it a bit. I may post some stuff there in time. I tend to pock around a little here and there in-between doing other things.

As for focus, that I can do in abundance. I tend to focus one one thing for a time, and then shift to something else, in cycles. I am hoping to not shift away from playing though. I will have to find a way to keep at least part of my playing focus when I shift into high gear from one of my many other projects.

I am aware that having too many projects does mean that I will never finish any of them. They will always be in a perpetual stage of incomplete. It is the way it is, and I am the way I am. I need to shift to other things every so often to keep my mind active, interested, and motivated. I have never been able to stick to one task for too long. It become so boarding that I just cannot function in that task after some time.

I am hoping that with music, it will be different. Music can be my constant form of relaxation while my main drive is going strong on some other project. That is the hope anyway. Only time will tell if it works out that way... and that time is fast approaching. I have run into a computer issue that needs dealt with. This will require some time and focus. This is bound to get me on a hardware/software kick (I build and configure my own custom computers from brand name parts and software) for a bit. That usually leads to web page design, or computer graphics, or one of several other things. Web page design and computer graphics often go hand in hand with me, since I use my own art for my web page designs.

I also grow house plants.  😉

Well, going to look around here for a bit, then see if I can save some data before installing a fresh copy of Windows on my backup computer. I did not want to have to deal with this now, but I do like having a full PC backup computer ready for those times when I need it.

MACJR

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@MACJR I do agree that the forums are nice and much less overwhelming that facebook. That being said, I am on facebook alot.  I use facebook to journal my projects, cooking etc.  It is a good place to store some of the 800 plus pictures I take per month.  (underestimate.. 🙂

I probably over do it on FB with Grandchild and Basset hound pictures...I am sure people unfollow and scroll on by.  It has been nice to catch up with some of my cousins and friends that I have lost touch with over the years.

I notice that Facebook and Facebook groups really dried up a lot of forums and on line groups. 

The gang here at FM is pretty steady.  And there is chat for those wanting more instant communication.  When I was learning on the site the first year, the chat and friendships provided value tips and a lot of fun.

Happy Violining. 🙂

Toni

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Oh, Facebook does have its uses, it is just not that great of a social forum... for my needs. Worse, they compress images so much that my art is often ruined when I post it there. Family pictures usually survive the compression, but art does not always fare as well there.

Facebook does allow me to stay in touch with some of the people I care about though. And I do share pictures and news there, although much of the time, I feel like I am talking into the wind. I suppose that is better than getting sucked into one of those family drama sessions though.

I am violining happy when I am playing the violin.  😉

I hope the same is true for you.

MACJR

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