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
Tension is the enemy of good playing. 

It is amazing what tension can do to a performance . . . to a lesson . . . to a practice session.

First, it is vital that you enter your practice session relaxed.  One way to go about this is to set up a special place for practice where you will not be interrupted and where you can, for a little while, forget about what else is going on. 

Second, stretch before you pick up your violin.  Playing a violin is a physical activity.  Athletes stretch before they perform, so should you!

Third, establish a routine for the start of the practice.  Do the same thing over and over again every practice . . . even for just a minute or ninety seconds.  This allows you to enter a familiar, relaxed state of mind.  It allows you to stop thinking about other things and concentrate on what is important at that moment . . . your violin practice.

Once or twice during each lesson or practice take a moment to put down the violin, stretch, shrug and roll your shouders, and shake the tension from your hands and forearms.  If you are having trouble and don't seem to be making any progress, stop and stretch for a moment.
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