Written by Krista Moyer
Published: April 22, 2014 at 2:56 AM [UTC]
In all honesty, 100 days of practice netted me very few benefits because I was already consistently practicing each day. I think that it would have been a more beneficial exercise if it had been 100 days of focus on an aspect of playing. How much better at vibrato, or double stops, or dynamics would I be if I spent 100 days doing at least 15-20 minutes of just that? Or even 30 days, really?
The best part of the challenge was the camaraderie. We used a shared spreadsheet on Google docs. Even if we didn't mention it, everyone could see who was still playing along. Some folks measured the time they spent in practice and were surprised. A few stepped up their game. There was a bit of attrition. Overall, it was a lovely exercise.
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Sandy, your article is spot on. I think I really am going to do 30 days of concentrated effort on a single aspect of playing. I can do anything for five minutes, right?
BTW, here is our facebook group: Adult Starters - Violin/Fiddle.
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