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Just a thought,
Many years ago when I was shooting competitively, I would work on my breathing, slowing my heat rate and my sight picture mentally when I had a chance to, with out my weapon in hand. I have read of may violin teachers recommending to do the same basic concept with learing music. I personally had not tried it till until recently, life has thrown some curve balls at our family and practice time had been hard to get with working and running to deal with family issues. The last couple of weeks I have been visualising practicing some new music for Thanksgivings and I must admit it has helped greatly when I get a chance to practice the score. If practice time is limited might give it a try. I down loaded Game of thromes and I'll be home for Christmas yesterday and have been doing read throughs on them all ready when I get a free chance. Might give it a try as part of your practice routine.
Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.
@Mark - hope your home/family issues resolve themselves, such times can always be difficult. And, interesting thought regarding the breathing technique - it gives you "time to focus" and clears-the mind - a sort of zen-like thing in some ways I guess.
On a lighter note - I believe there are other avenues as well - it is said that beta-blockers have a similar effect (certainly on the pulse rate), such as bisoprolol and atenolol (only available under prescription). Personally, I'm an advocate of the non-prescription, self administered "oh-damitol", just play approach.... 🙂 🙂 🙂 [ kidding about that, of course... clarity of purpose and focus is essential, even when you know a piece so well you can play on auto-pilot with eyes-closed ]
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Funny. I am a vet and also used shooting breath exercises in practice. It really works.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.
Hello, I am new but this thread caught my eye because the visualization you're talking about took over my life with a certain song. Not only do I visualize it, I have it on my player, it's my ringtone on my phone and it's going in my head constantly, all the time, so my fingers are always visualizing where they go and because of that I've managed to learning the basics of it in 3 weeks and hopefully will be playing it properly and fully within a couple of months. I learn everything by ear as I cannot read music.
Just bow it.
@thegael - Sounds like you have a plan. 🙂
Looking forward to hearing the follow up on that tune. Which tune is it by the way?
The Gael. I have it now, slightly off key and sqeaky but it just takes practice. Also doing G scale and the " Jeremiah Johnson" short fiddle piece. How would I go about loading a video recording of me playing ,to this site, off my android tablet?
Just bow it.
... How would I go about loading a video recording of me playing ,to this site, off my android tablet?
The way I did it was by registering for my own Youtube channel. Then I uploaded the video I wanted to share there. Once that was done, I copied the link to the Youtube video into my Fiddlerman Forum post using the "insert/edit link" icon and submitted it. Easy-peasy--- almost 🙂