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I feel the same KS, I played so much yesterday that I feel burned out today and had to take is easy (and find where the cats were hiding). But my son was funny he was like, you're not playing violin mom (he is trying to bow when I'm not looking, I might get him interested who knows?)
"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov
One morning last week I picked up my violin at 5:15 am and didn't stop practicing until 8:00 pm that night when the ball game was on.
Well, I did put it down occasionally a few minutes at a time. I kept thinking of the song my Grandfather used to sing when it was time for me to go to bed. "Give me Five Minutes More, Only Five Minutes more, Let me stay letme stay in your arm's ". He would play the violin and sing that song .
One week after I bought my violin, I start to play at 10.00 AM until 6.00 PM then on the same day, I start again at 12.00 AM until 6.00 AM the next morning!!! can you believe that? I think there is devil on the violin where it makes me cannot resist my needs. Yeah, beside eating, cloth and place to live, violin become another needs. I believe all of us here feel the same way.
Yeah, I slept at 6.00 and did not go to my Intercultural Communication class at 8.00. Bad example. Really bad example. Kids, do not follow my schedule
Sometimes when I'm practicing, it seems like I can't stop. I feel like if I try one more song, one more scale, I'll finally get it right. But of course, the more I play, the more tired I get and the worse I play. (I can stop anytime, really I can.)
So, I got to wondering tonight whether anyone has ever taken playing or practicing too far. Are there any funny, or not so funny, stories out there about any fiddlers who let fiddling get the best of them? I mean, beyond the normal aches and pains. Just curious.
Nah, worry not. I know of fiddlers practicing ten hours a day. But it doesn't meen you have to do so too 🙂 . Of course once you reach a certain level you will have to in order to get your diploma... but it is good for anyway 🙂 ''I know how it feels, maybe just the beggining of this great peice... but how would it sound if i played it a little differently... nah i'll try another one... classic 🙂
When I played in the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, I practiced at a minimum, 3 hours. This consisted of practicing etudes to develop technique, scales, LeClair sonatas (a project my teacher and I were working on together), and the music we were playing in a 3-month rotation in the orchestra. After I did that, I played a couple of pieces for my own enjoyment.
Now, with the arthritis even worse, I can't approach practicing that long without paying for it the next day.
Despite that, I now play for 30 minutes to an hour. I am working on Handel's Messiah, 1st and 2nd violin; and Sleeping Beauty waltz.
My main purpose for practicing now is to encourage our granddaughter, 2 yrs old, to want to play.
"Violin is one of the joys of my life."
Typically, with each lesson which lasts 2-3 hrs a pop, I bring back plenty of homework. I have a 24/7 access to a warehouse space I own for work. So after we're all done, and everyone leaves (around 9-10pm,) I work on whatever the practice assignment I have. That typically lasts anywhere from 30 min to 2 hrs. Afterwards, I reward myself by playing whatever I want to play... which tend to be movie/game music. More often than not, that goes well into sunrise. I don't need to be back to work until around 3pm the following day, anyways.
With this kind of "routine," if there's anything really wrong about my biomechanics, I find out quickly. I think this way of figuring out all the bad habits helped me progress pretty rapidly, as an adult starter. Figured, it kinda made up for the "lost years" since I didn't start playing as a child...
Thankfully, in the recent times (I've been playing for 3 years now,) I rarely encounter any pain from long sessions. This really helped me survive the routines of rehearsals and long orchestral programs (1.5-2 hrs.) To me, it's not that different than getting addicted to playing video games (i.e. 20-hr sessions...)
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!