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100 Days of Practice Challenge!!!
Title says it all, do your best to practice for 100 days :D Post your progress!
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Mimi Aysha
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damfino

Oh you poor thing - I hope you start feeling better soon...that has to be rough on such an important violin body part...and frustrating.

I'm pretty excited about struggling to the end of my book 2, and I opened my book 3 and closed it again really quickly, they crammed too many notes on 1 page - think I'll give book 2 another shot...

Can't help but feel a touch intimidated sometimes.

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Fiddlerman
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March 13, 2018 - 3:17 pm
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Keep it up guys..... @damfino - how is the elbow?

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@Fiddlerman Slowly getting better 🙂 It still hurts, but it's way better than it was before. I've been taking it easy with it, and am hoping I might be able to try playing again later this week, but I won't push it, if it doesn't feel ready I won't try since it's taken so long to get to this point, haha. I have been able to finally hold my fiddle guitar style and play that way (doing anything with my arm hurt for a while) so I can at least get my fingers moving again, so I have that to tide me over until I can play for real 🙂 I really miss it, and I imagine I'm going to be a bit rusty at first. 

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Had been staring at the new strings since yesterday and...

I did it - new strings, whew.... I actually followed fm directions a little too well... and had to unravel first one and put the peg back in - felt pretty embarrassed, hopefully I'm not the only one that did that....but wow, they sound amazing, going to have problems putting it down to cook dinner!

- thanks fiddlershop for my new strings!

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Fiddlerman
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Thank YOU, Mimi!
Don't be embarrassed, it makes good sense that you practiced first. 🙂

Glad to hear it, Amanda. You are right for starting easy. Take a moment every 5 or 10 minutes, to feel whether you are applying extra, unnecessary tension or energy while playing. If so, figure out how and why and back off that tension rather than stopping to play. The ultimate goal is to be able to play while relaxed but the immediate goal is to avoid issues and pain.

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My practice sessions have been pretty simple. Scales (occasionally) working on songs, some old, some new. I have on a rare occasion worked on bowing or wrist exercises. I feel I need to step it up a bit, but get bored all too easily. Any suggestions for daily exercises? 

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@Ripton I get bored super easy, too. Sometimes learning a technique within a tune makes it easier for me to practice it. But to keep myself moving, for everyday practice have my books stacked up, scale, etude then shifting, and after all that I work on a tune. I keep it moving along, and go back and forth between them all. For me, the more challenging the better because then I can get interested in really getting it right, instead of just doing the pattern, getting bored, and moving on too quick. (ok, challenging, but not un-doable at my level, that would just get discouraging, haha).

I like finding videos on youtube to play along to, as well. I make sure it's someone who is keeping decent rhythm (I won't play along with fellow beginners) and see how quick I can get the tune up to speed (if I play the video on my laptop there is the option to slow down the video). It just makes it a little more fun for me to learn a tune that way. Kind of like singing along to a song you like, playing along to one is fun, too (for me, anyway.)

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well, if you count jamming as practice (which I do) I think I may have missed 3 days in the past 2 years. 2 years ago I was off for 3 weeks with 4 stitches in the middle finger of my left hand. now I'm off for 3 or 4 weeks with Quervains Tenosynovitis in left hand.

other than that, playing for 100 consecutive days is not a problem.  

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Hey!  New violinist here. 

I’ve begun a 100 day with my violist friend.  We post a video of our practice each day to keep each other honest, plus she’s by far the better player and gives me tips on my playing. 

It’s an awesome way to practice!

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🙂   didn't know the madness had swept into here 

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@bluesviolin - That is great. Congratulations.

@pchoppin - That's a great tip, and I agree, great way to practice. Keep up the partnership!

@. - LOL, Fiddlerman Forum lives on!!!!!

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@. Yep, gotta share the madness 🙂

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