How do I pull myself out of a rut with my fiddle practice?
A student named GTAYLOR1972 asked me during a recent office hours session, “How do I pull myself out of a rut with my fiddle practice?”
Tips for rut-busting
- Connect with your sound
- Take time to work on getting a good sound.
- Return to very simple tunes you think are too easy and make them sound good. This will bring joy to your practice.
- Work on fundamentals
- Record yourself
- This will give you better feedback on what needs work.
- You can listen to all the recordings, and see that you’ve actually made some progress. Maybe it just feels like you’re in a rut.
- Learn a new technique
- Pick a technique that is challenging, and work on it every day.
- Vibrato, double stops, Georgia shuffle, etc.
- Play with others
- Meet with one other person or a group on a regular basis. This will keep you moving forward. You’ll see that you are not alone in your struggle.
- Connect with people through online forums and zoom meetings. Share your practice, your struggles, and your goals.
- Relax the body
- Take breaks to stretch and breathe.
There’s no single right thing to do to bust out of a rut other than this: change your approach in some way.
This micro-lesson is an excerpt from an office hours webinar I gave on April 14, 2020. View the entire live-stream with indexed questions here.
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