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
"If I don't practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it."

Violinist Jascha Heifetz had it right when he made that statement.  I've talked about this before, and I'll undoubtedly talk about it again, but let me address the idea of regular practice.

This is a time of year that is very, very busy.  It seems that every day brings another activity, chore, task or errand that seemingly needs to be done that day.  Don't make the mistake of placing your violin practice at the end of your list of things to do. 

It is vitally important to practice regularly if you are to progress in your violin playing . . . or for that matter just stay at the level at which you are currently playing.  You make time to brush your teeth every day.  You make time to wash your face every day.  You make time to do a dozen other things that you would not neglect for any reason short of a disaster.  Put your violin playing on that list!

Am I saying never take a "vacation" from the instrument?  Not at all.  But this is probably not the time to do that.  If you have to take time away from the violin, do it during a long break.  Students can take time mid-summer . . . but they need to take the time to get back on track before they start playing in their orchestras and ensembles again.  That takes time.  The ten days or two weeks students have at Christmas break is not sufficient time to take the break and then catch back up.

Tomorrow let's talk about what we can do if you need to shorten your practice time over the holidays and want to come back at the beginning of January without missing a beat!
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