Good first bad laterPosted: June 4, 2011
You know when you think you should work out but don’t you feel crappy afterwards, but when you do you feel great? Why is everything like this? After I practice for several hours I feel great (about practicing, not necessarily about my playing) but when I don’t practice enough I feel bad. Why do I do this to myself? And it’s not just violin. I should work out more, practice more, play video games less, eat more salads and less cheeseburgers.
That’s one reason I’m terrible these days (at playing and blogging). Simply not enough practice. This isn’t to say that I’m not practicing – in the three months since I’ve started I’ve only gone two days without practicing and both were travel related. I just haven’t had enough gargantuan several-hour practice days.
Practice isn’t the only reason though. Another, and perhaps more important, reason is that I’m plateauing. (I wasn’t even sure if plateauing was a word, but spellcheck didn’t flag it…although spell check did flag “spellcheck”) Of course you could quickly counter that if I’m plateauing then I need to practice more to break through the plateau, but it’s hard because I’m plateauing! It’s a vicious cycle.
Another reason is that my little experiment is catching up with itself. So much of my time these days is spent on scales and intonation and exercises (Danielle has me doing this shifting exercise that I’ll play for you soon) and with much of that stuff, how many posts about scales can I really have? At first, I was improving rapidly and it was fun to see my progress, but now I’m slowing down and it’s, I’ll just be honest, very frustrating.
What am I trying to say? Well, that little goal of playing the theme and the first three variations might be temporarily put on hold. Danielle thinks we should move on as far as the Paganini goes (obviously scales and such will still be here) because I’m just hitting my head against the wall with these. Not that I think it gets any easier when we move on, but it is something new.