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What are your goals for 2022?
A topic to be revisited at the end of 2022, especially by those who replied. How did you do with your goals?
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May 15, 2022 - 4:49 pm
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Have really enjoyed reading through everyone's goals... made me think about it.

So, here is what I have come up with :

1) To KEEP PLAYING! As I've pointed out before, I had a couple of 'false starts' over the years, so NOT letting this fall to the way side is the most important.  I had to take a LOA from work which has given me some extra time, but should soon be back to work, so will have to find a way to fit practice time in.  But, I am determined...

2) To get to the end of Suzuki Book 1, with being able to play all of the included music at least relatively smoothly and with good intonation and timing.

3) To be able to get through to the end of Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Fiddling - also with being able to play all of the included music at least relatively smoothly and with good intonation and timing.  This is advancing more than the Suzuki book, so not sure I will make it through all the way, so I don't want to get hung up on getting to the end - quality is more important than quantity.  And I do play pieces not in these 2 books.

3) To be able to do at least simple chord accompaniment. 

4) Finally, I have printed out a piece that is way above my current level but I really want to be able to play it well enough to present it to my Dad for his birthday in October.  If I can play it fairly well it will really make him happy I know!  Its pretty and it sounds like real fiddling, LOL.  I'm sure not a really hard piece, but daunting for my current level.  

There are other things, specific to techniques etc I guess, but I don't want to get TOTALLY boring!  I look forward to re-reading this down the line and seeing how close I can come to my goals.  Thanks for whoever started this thread.

Lin.

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Just to keep on playing and keep on LEARNING!!!
-Jim

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I want to make my double stops and chords sound better and my shifting in the high positions cleaner.

B.T.W. Great question @Katie M! smile

"In the long run, any words about music are less important than the music."
- Dmitri Shostakovich.

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May 19, 2022 - 7:31 am
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Let me add one thing here.
Maybe this year I'll be able to get a DECENT vibrato instead of this drunk bumble bee sound. LOL!! 

-Jim

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May 19, 2022 - 8:23 am
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Drunken bumble bees... That would be fun to watch. They are usually so graceful.

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Mouse said
Drunken bumble bees... That would be fun to watch. They are usually so graceful.

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Lol!
that’s exactly what my vibrato sounds like most times.

Those bumble bees are so cool down here, I love em!

-jim

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So, my husband fixed the shoulder rest on my Yamaha electric violin. I can now use it. I really distaste the sound of a violin while I am learning a piece and cringe. When I am learning a piece, it is really bad. With my electric, not plugged into anything, I can play it without it blaring. Then I can switch to my acoustic. So, I am also going to set a goal to learn a piece in my Suzuki that I had a lot of issues with when taking lessons. I haven't picked one yet. The Yamaha is much easier for me. I think maybe the overall construction of it is easier to handle. I will also work on my intonation more on my Yamaha. Well, that would go hand in hand with learning a piece because that includes intonation, but with Fiddlerman's exercises, also.

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Okay, so we're at the middle-of-the-year, here's for me :

- Goal 1 (better sound on C string and in higher positions) : goes to the bin. I changed my strings and got a rehair in february, and my sound now is not so bad – could be better, of course, but at least I don't feel like I'm struggling as much with the lower strings.
Note to self : next time you set goals, do the maintenance beforehand.

- Goal 2 (better contact-point control) stays the same. I don't think I'm doing much better on this one, but I have yet to actually work on it. I don't even quite know how I'll work on it.

The following weren't thought of as goals, but I worked on them and made a little progress :

- double stops (I was starting almost from scratch there)
- left hand 'agility'
- trills (in progress – starting from scratch too, it's not supposed to be too difficult, so working on it now and then)

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Thanks for bringing up the idea of a midway progress report, @wtw.

1. I have been working on my bowing for each instrument. I believe that I am making progress. I am trying to, and feel that I am, paying more attention to it when playing. I think it is making a difference. I still have a long way to go, though.

2. My intonation consistency is a hit and miss, like a 2 stroke John Deere Tractor! I have been very diligent working on that. It is getting better and I think it is because my bowing is getting a little better. The violin and viola consistency have moved up to about where my cello is. I still just lose it in the middle of a piece or scale and can't get it back without completely stopping and searching for that first finger first position on the string that started it all and run up from first finger to fourth finger. I have to do that a couple of times, then I can start over with whatever I was doing. There is no pattern to what causes it. Sometimes if I miss a spot I can just slide the finger to hit it, other times, I am so lost that I have to do what I described above.

The exception is my cello. I don't have this issue as much with my cello. I think the position of the cello is easier for me. My violin and viola give me the above issues.

3. Because of the issue I still have in first position, moving to the next position has not happened, except for my cello. I was exploring other positions when I had cello lessons. That has helped, but with my intonation improved on my cello, I think that has helped with different positions even more.

4. Recording myself still has issues. I have done a couple more videos. Not sure when i will do it again. I do, however, just set my phone down on my table and record my sound for my own use. There are a number of issues with recording myself, one is that it takes too much time away from just practicing and playing.

5. Vibrato: I started, or was introduced to vibrato in cello lessons, then it was just dropped. I have been improving it on my cello. I have been working on different speeds and making it stronger on my cello.  I have attempted it a few times on my viola and violin. Not very good. I need to get the intonation better before I tackle that, anyway. I do find the motion easier to do on the cello. 

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