Concentration is very important for violinists.

Sooner or later something is going to happen where you are distracted during a performance.  Sooner or later something unexpected is going to happen during a performance.  It will happen!  I promise you!

I was playing in a performance of the musical Kiss Me Kate, when Kate was supposed to throw a pot of flowers onto the stage from the window of her house.  The pot flew across the stage and landed in the violin section.

I was playing in a concert where the conductor was also the soloist.  We started the piece, and he was so anxious to get to his solo part that he actually skipped a part and just started playing, which caused a mild panic in the orchestra.

Distractions will happen.  Practice for them.  One thing that a Suzuki teacher I know does is has the students play follow the leader while they are playing their violins.  That way, not only do they have to continue playing, they have to watch where they are going. 

The lesson here is, don't always expect conditions to be perfect.  They seldom will be.  Relax.  Pay attention.  Things will work out.
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Violin Tip of the Day -- Violin Student Central -- February 1
Today's Tip in a Nutshell:
Focus! Focus! Focus! Focus!
Distractions Will Occur. Be Ready For Them.
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