May 25, 2009

Re-learning how to play

Posted in Violin Practice tagged , , , , , at 12:38 pm by theviolincase

Today is the 2nd day of the new practice schedule!  I’m not very good at keeping a rigid schedule, so we’ll see how it goes.  My goal is to get my hands back after many years of sporatic playing plus one broken wrist that set me back quite a bit.

So from here on I’m looking forward (look at my progress) instead of backward (sad about all the things I used to be able to play).

I’m very interested in all input from those who have suggestions or who have been there and have recovered from injury or long absense.

So a brief report on today’s practice.  I don’t have a clock in that room, so I don’t know how long I worked, probably about an hour.  For now I’m just going to let my hands be my guide as to how long to work.  Almost the entire time was spent on 3 octave scales, starting with G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D.  All major, most of the time spent on G, loosening up my hands on something easy and familiar.

Then on to octaves, but mostly working on making the switch from 3/0 to 4/1 in tune.  Back and forth 3/0, 4/1, 3/0, 4/1 on and on.  Didn’t really try to do a whole scale yet. Then on to easy double stop etudes. I really feel intonation is of primary importance, so I’m working on that first.

My first practice session was 2 days ago on Saturday and my hands felt pretty good after practicing, but then ached for the next full day. So today I’m icing right after practicing to see if I can avoid the days of aching.

We’ll see how it goes!  I can’t wait to play Bach again, but that is down the road quite a bit from here.

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