Violin Tip of the Day
For Violin Students of All Ages
Practice and Rehearsal Tips.  Technique Pointers.  Violin Care Guidance. Exercises and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers or Anyone Interested in Stringed Instruments.
Today's Tip
Have you ever played THE THREE GAME?

I used to play this with myself when I practiced my violin, and I probably should use it more now. 

To play this game, take three small objects.  It doesn't matter what they are.  (I used the pencils I used to mark my music. Rosin, pitch pipe, mute, anything will work)  Place the objects on the left side of the stand, table, chair . . . whatever's in front of you.  Then play the passage you are working on.

If the passage is played perfectly, move one of the objects from the left to the right.  If the passage is not played perfectly you move one object from the right (if there are any there) back to the left.  If you have not yet succeeded in moving any objects to the right you do not have to do anything. 

The object of the game is to get all of the objects from your left to your right. When you have accomplished this you can move on to the next task. In the case of some younger students that may mean violin practice is over. Make it fun. Keep it light hearted. Smile and laugh when you play.

By the way, don't forget to set a time limit after which you can stop.  I can remember several times when I "timed out" while playing this game.
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