We've talked about how important it is to progress on a daily basis.

What I would like to talk about today is your long-term progress.  If you practice regularly and well you will progress.  I can almost guarantee that.  We all reach a point where progress can be very minor when we reach the top end of our ability, but for most of us that is years down the road.  (I started playing 40 years ago and I'm still learning.)

The question is, how much progress do you make, and how can you demonstrate it to yourself?
Violin Sweat Shirt
A Great Practice Reminder Refrigerator Magnet.
Start the Day Able to Read No Practice Yet.  When Practice is Finished Twist the Magnet (Place Mouse Over Picture) and Read Practice Done!
When Irish Eyes are Smiling
The Answer? Use a video camera!

It is a great idea to record yourself every so often, then look at the recordings you make several months down the line!  You'll probably hear yourself say something like, "I can't believe I was having trouble with that!  Watching and listening to recordings of yourself can be a very positive experience.

And don't forget, if you reach a sticking point on something it can also have short-term benefits.  Sometimes you just can't see what you are doing wrong until you step back and look at yourself from a distance.  That third person perspective you get watching the recording can be very valuable!
Violin Tip of the Day - February 21
* 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.
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