Distributed practice is more effective than massed practice. That's a fancy way of saying that practicing your violin for a period of time every day is more important than practicing for a long time at once. In other words, practice for 30 minutes every day, not 210 minutes once a week!

What happens if you miss a practice every once in a while?  Don't worry! Just pick up where you left off.  Miss a bunch of practices in a row?  That is more of a problem.    You might consider going back a week and starting back to  work on something that you play really solidly.  Then you can work your way back into the groove and get back to where you were before your little "vacation."

Now, so you don't misunderstood something I said a little earlier.  A
3-minute practice will probably not help you very much.  You need to practice long enough that you really can get some good practice in.  And if you have to cut a practice short, make sure that the time you spend practicing is really quality time.

Remember, daily practice is important.  A Suzuki teacher I know advises students to only practice on the days that they eat.
A Fun Way to Decorate
Your Practice Place
Practice Reminder Magnet
Start the Day With the Sad Face Showing.  When The Student Has Completed Practice Allow Him to Twist the Magnet (Place Your Mouse Over the Picture) to Turn That Frown into a Smile.  Practice Done!
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Violin Tip of the Day - February 11
* 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
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Today's Tip in a Nutshell:
     Practice Regularly! Six 30-minute practices
     usually beats one 180-minute practice!