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Think Positive In Practice...ALWAYS
Just a word of advice on keeping things flowing and to not get discouraged!
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June 19, 2016 - 12:14 pm
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I'm sure we've all had those times where it seems that the violin is winning the practice battle.  Fingers seem to be like butter, slipping all over the place or not hitting right on where you aimed etc.  Last night was one of those nights for me...  My old timer violin showed me who was boss with no shame.  She's not very forgiving anyways and we had some choice words for each other... Or, well, she screamed several times even when it seemed the bow was right on lol. 

My point is though...  Even though practice didn't go the way I really wanted it to, a great deal was still gained.  Every time you pick up the violin is a success, one way or another.  Sure, when I put it down last night I felt a bit deflated but you ALWAYS have to remember that it still was a great practice because we learn from those moments to grow even more and push on further.  No matter how 'badly' your practice seems to have gone, just remember that you put the effort in and HAVE FUN with it regardless.  Even last night, the passage I was working on didn't go great but I ended with Ashokan Farewell, a song I know VERY well by now and upon setting the old girl back in the case I still felt a sense of accomplishment.


Brora, North-east Scotland
June 19, 2016 - 12:25 pm
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Great words there @FiddleDetroit - couldn't agree more !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

Michigan, USA

June 19, 2016 - 10:08 pm
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smile@FiddleDetroit: Good grief, Chris, where have you been ?

I thought you'd given up playing. Haven't seen you on here in a coon's age.

Me ?,, I play everyday still. It's odd, I just ran across your phone # in my phone yesterday and now I can't find it again.

Remember when we met and drove up to "Mark Schwartz" violin shop a couple years ago so he could touch up the finish on your fiddle, then he gave you a loaner to use while he worked on yours.

Well, I still go there frequently on Saturday's. Missed yesterday though.

Mark, invited me to come up to "Interlochen" camp this summer. If you remember, he goes up there for about 8 weeks during the summer and repairs their stringed instruments that need it. I think I'll go for a weekend coming soon and check out the place.

It's really good to know you are still around and playing.

Send me a PM if you want with your phone # again so we can stay in touch.





June 30, 2016 - 8:27 pm
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@Fiddlestix , Hey Ken, I've been well thanks and I absolutely remember our trip to Marks shop!  It's because of you guys that my old girl sings so well these days :) .  It's finally 'opened up' from what it used to be and every day practicing on it is a pleasure now.  Waiting for the new FiddlerMan Master violin to arrive in stock and I'll have another to add to the collection and for a different tone.  The dark German growl is great for some songs but others would be nice to have a more mellow even tone lol.  Awesome that you're still playing all the time and going to Interlochen will be a treat.  I attended there 3 years during my flute days in school.  Great place and extremely rewarding for the kids.  Learned more there in those days than a whole school year really. 



June 30, 2016 - 9:40 pm
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Great words of advice, Chris.


When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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