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
We are coming to the end of the year, and it is time to look ahead to next year. 

This is the third of a series of articles on decisions you can make to improve your violin practice and playing over the next year. 

My second suggestion was to organize the physical things you use to play and practice.

Today, let's talk about organizing your practice. 

When I was young I was perfectly capable of walking into my room to practice for 20 minutes.  Upon my arrival I would rosin my bow.  Tune my violin.  Decide that I needed to wipe off the fingerboard.  Adjust my fine tuners.  Look for the music that my teacher had assigned.  Check my tuning again.  Look at the clock and discover that my practice time was almost over.  I didn't want to over-practice, so I had to take my time putting things away.  Then I could leave the room, having played essentially nothing.  Admittedly I didn't do this very often, and this was probably a bit of an exaggeration, but I didn't make the best use of my time.

Set up a routine.  Start out the same way every day so that you move efficiently and one activity flows smoothely into another. 
     Warm Up.
     Play something that led up to this week's
          teaching point.
     Hit the teaching point hard. 
     Play something you enjoy.
     Put away your violin, music, etc.
     Record your progress.

Quick.  Easy.  No wasted time or effort.
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