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Goals for 2023
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December 13, 2022 - 8:39 am
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It’s interesting to read about others’ goals and progress, and it makes me think about my own goals for the coming year. I’ve been fiddling for a year and a half and I think I have made good progress on basic skills. Amazingly enough, I have more interest and enthusiasm than ever!

Next year my big goals are to improve my bowing and backup skills, also get better at hearing the music in my head and learning by ear. I plan to build my repertoire of tunes and genres, and better coordinate mandolin and fiddle. And I’m looking for more opportunities to play with others. That’s it -- it will be a fun challenge to get it done!

Thanks for helping me think about things -- y’all are the best!


December 13, 2022 - 9:17 am
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@Strabo Since your to reply to goals for 2022 referred to 2023 goals, I started a topic thread for 2023 goals an moved your 2022 goals reply to this topic for 2023 goals. 

As like the topic for goals for 2022, we can all revisit this topic at the end if 2023 and update how we did, and update or change our goals during the year, if need be. 

My goals for 2023 are: (I am not going to mention vibrato and intonation as they are a constant every year.)

I need to be able to play in something other than 4/4, so I need to pick another time signature. I just had major issues with a waltz, so I think I need to try to learn a waltz on each instrument.

I need to learn to bow my cello better, especially that dastardly C string. 

I want to pick a song on my violin, viola and cello (either different songs or the same on 2 or all 3 instruments) and work on it and have it be able to be played smoothly by the end of 2023.


The Bumblebee Flies!


December 13, 2022 - 12:32 pm
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It's going to be EXTREMELY hard for me to set Edgar aside, but IT'S TIME to zap Mortimer with some ELECTRICITY!  

This also means getting over my software anxiety! 






December 13, 2022 - 2:29 pm
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I need to think about this--right now my goal is to come up with some goals by the end of the year. . .smile

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December 16, 2022 - 8:48 am
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My goal is to come up with some goals by New Years. :)

Following this thread. 😁

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


December 22, 2022 - 3:09 pm
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I’ve been doing this long enough now that I think I’m ready to try a different approach to working on my skills (or lack thereof).

I’ve discussed this with my teacher, & one of the suggestions she had was to focus of works chronologically.  I’m liking this idea.  I was working on some Vivaldi before the holidays, so I want to finish that.  But then I think I’ll start with something by Corelli, and then go from there.  

I will select pieces (with teacher guidance), & address the issues/problems/skills/technique that are in those specific pieces I’ve selected.    

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I recently purchased a “little” viola (14” Fiddlerman Master).  I do not intend to become a viola player—but I thought it would help enhance both my violin playing & my musical understanding of things; things like intervals & harmony, etc.,  My experience with learning is that sometimes lessons come from things you don’t even expect.  I think tinkering with the viola will do that for me.

So, I guess my goals for the year are to

1) Focus on specific techniques as I come to them in the chronologically ordered pieces I get to, &

2) Broaden my musical knowledge by spending some of my practice time on the viola.

Perhaps that seems a bit broad (which, for me, goes against the grain), but I think shaking it up a bit will be a helpful approach for me.  I want to see what direction each step takes me, and focus on the specifics as I come upon them.

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

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December 22, 2022 - 6:06 pm
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Oct 18th 2023 will be my 5th anniversary of violin playing, and I need to aim for a performing ability by then of grade 7 ABRSM, so I'll make a series of performance videos at each grade from 2 upwards to see whereabouts I fall over. I also have to work on 3-octave scale and arpeggio speeds. It would be nice to make some ethnic music videos too.


Jim Dunleavy
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December 23, 2022 - 3:29 am
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I'll continue working through Suzuki book 4; I'm currently on No4 (the Vivaldi) though I can hardly claim to have 'mastered' the first 3 lol. The main learning points for me are more advanced bowing (particularly off-the-string) and speed. I might make a video of my attempt at each one just to give me something to work towards, and to give me a line in the sand to judge how I progress in the future.

Also slowly working my way through the Mazas studies.


December 29, 2022 - 1:25 pm
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Okay, time to decide… I was starting to make a long list of things I have to work on. That's not reasonable, but that way I have some chance of meeting some of my goals!


1) work on fast(er) détaché, which means improving left/right hand coordination (or brain/hands coordination). Slurs have always felt easier because only one hand to manage.
I'm thinking the Telemann viola concerto (mvt 2, or mvt 4 - which I prefer) might be good in order to practice that.

2) Get better at double stops (in-progress)

3) Improve 4th finger strength and general left hand position (in-progress)

4) Practice vibrato 'seriously' : at different speeds with a metronome, all 4 fingers if possible. My vibrato is a bit random, not controlled.
I'm not too sure I'll manage to apply myself to it.

5) More broadly, improve musicality. I should try to decide how I want a phrase to sound like in detail, and actually listen to what's coming out of my instrument. Play more "cleanly". 

If it helps me, maybe start a 'blog' here or on violaman.com – and do more videos (/audio) to track progress or lack thereof.



This may all fly out of the window when I start work again, of course :D  

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