Violin practice is hard.  Sometimes violin practice is frustrating.

The key to maintaining your focus is remembering why you are playing.  Everyone needs some sort of inspiration.  Everyone HAS some sort of inspiration.  You just need to figure out what it is that will convince you to do the work that is required.

For several weeks when I was young my inspiration was thinking about how proud my mother would be when I learned to play her favorite song.

For several months my inspiration was my duet partner, Cheryl Rahn.  Just the fact that I might disappoint her when we played in competition inspired me to practice so that I would not be the weak link in the duet.

For me inspiration always seemed to center on people.  But your inspiration will not be the same as mine.  Maybe it's a reward you will give yourself when you finally play through something without a mistake.  Maybe it's a trophy you will win if you do well in a fiddle competition.  Maybe it's just hearing one of your fiddle friends ask, "How'd you do that?"

Figure out what it is that will get you excited and think about it for a moment before practice, once or twice during practice, and while you are wiping down your violin at the end of practice.  You'll be amazed how much it will help!
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Violin Tip of the Day - May 22
* 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:
Figure out What Gets You Motivated and Do It!
Motivation is Personal...Different for Each of Us.
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