Don't forget to reward yourself for progress and for good practices. We have been talking about difficult periods of practice.  We have talked about a good practice being a reward in itself, but there are other rewards that we can give ourselves.  Some of them can even involve the violin!

First, reward yourself at the end of practices.  If you have a good practice, allow yourself to play something that you really like at the end.  I used to give my daughter a piece of candy if she practiced all the way through without complaining.  I gave her two if she maintained her focus throughout the lesson.  I gave her three if she gave good effort on the teaching point.

If you have several really good practices in a row, reward yourself by having a day of fun music, instead of just finger exercises.

What about buying yourself a piece of sheet music that you would really like to play?  Work on it after your regular practice sessions are over! 
Violin Tip of the Day - July 8
* Violin Tips for Practice and Rehearsals.

* Violin Technique and Exercises.

* How to Care for Your Violin.

* Inspiration and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers, or
   Anyone Interested in Stringed Instruments.
Violin Tip of the Day -- Violin Student Central -- February 1
Today's Tip in a Nutshell:
Sometimes a reward for a great practice is more
a great help, for yourself and your student!
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