I heard a talk one time about how to be successful at a task.  The analogy was made to a boxing match, and the keys were enumerated.  To win I must:

1.  Fight now.  I need to get to work right away.  It doesn't matter where in the match I am.  It is obviously best if I start fighting at the beginning, but no matter where I am starting to fight now is essential.

2.  Fight to win.  I need to start fighting with the end goal in mind.  I need to do the things that are necessary to win the match.  I don't need to concentrate on the frivolous.  I need to do the things that matter.

3.  Fight furiously.  I need to put all of my strength into the fight.  I need to have the right attitude when I fight.  I need to be effective in my fight.  I organized myself in the previous step. This is putting the previous step into action.

4.  Fight continuously.  I need to be consistent in my battle.  I need to put my plan into effect now, and maintain the activity level necessary until the end of the fight.

I began to think how the same talk could be given about practicing the violin.  If I put those four principles into action in my practice, I would be a much better violinist.  So this month our tips are going to concentrate on these four principles.
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Violin Tip of the Day - March 1
* Violin Tips for Practice and Rehearsals.

* Violin Technique and Exercises.

* How to Care for Your Violin.

* Inspiration and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers, or
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Violin Tip of the Day -- Violin Student Central -- February 1
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Today's Tip in a Nutshell:
    
Practice Now. Practice to Succeed.
     Practice Furiously. Practice Continuously.
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