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How can I get really good on violin?

Create a Practice Routine

Creating a consistent practice routine is paramount to improving your violin playing.  Here are some tips that may help you to establish a great routine:
  • Practice at the same time every day. When you have a regular practice time, you are less likely to make excuses or skip it.
  • Use the student diary to track your practice. There are also a variety of apps available that will help keep track of your practice.
  • Tune your violin at the beginning of every practice session. There are lots of violin tuner apps available, as well as tuning YouTube videos.
  • Keep all of your violin sheet music together, so that when you practice, you have everything you need.  In the back of the student diary there is a pocket to keep your music sheets.
  • Always have a pencil on hand when you practice so you can mark your violin sheet music with helpful reminders. A HB pencil is good as it can be rubbed out.
  • Use a music stand so that you can practice with proper posture. Good posture is not only essential to help you play better, it’s also important to prevent injury.

Maximise your Practice Routine

  • Do a simple warm up at the beginning. Your violin teacher can help with a warm-up routine. This will get your fingers, arms, and ears ready to go!
  • Use a metronome to practice playing with a steady beat. You can also use a metronome to challenge yourself to play at different tempos. If you don't want to purchase a metronome, try out one of the many metronome apps available online.
  • Record yourself, this way you will hear new things in your playing and can compare your progress.
  • Rosin with care: Using too much rosin on your bow will produce a scratchy tone, while not enough rosin will limit dynamic range. Check out these maintenance tips for your violin bow.
  • Enlist a friend.  Everything is more fun with a friend, and violin practice is no different. You can play all of your music together and even play some fun duets. After playing scales, exercises, and pieces assigned by your violin teacher, it’s good to have some music that you can play fairly easily to enjoy expressing yourself on your instrument.  Ask your teacher for some fun pieces to learn in a more relaxed way.
  • Learn to play with an accompanist:  Playing violin with piano accompaniment will help you learn different skills such as coordinating tempo, dynamics, and rhythm. This is why Concert Practice and String Fest are so important (and you get the accompanist for free!).
While all of these tips will improve your violin playing, it’s almost impossible to use them all immediately. Try one or two tips at a time, try out a few additional tips when you are preparing for something special.  With perseverance and consistent practice, you can get better, fast!


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