Here’s some things I’m currently practicing. I’m sharing this as part of the Fall Practice Challenge 2020. My intention is for you go deep with whatever you’re doing: learning to bow on an open string, practicing vibrato, improvising, working on 4th finger, etc. How can it be fun and productive at the same time?
For those of you taking part, I encourage you to keep track of what you do. However, if you do nothing but play every day for 14 days, then you successfully complete the challenge.
For now I track what I practice in an online journal (I used to use Evernote but recently switched to Roam). It’s nerdy but works for me 🤓. I also like using paper journals to take notes.
My fiddle practice: October 5-18, 2020
- Scales and warmups (G, D, A, F major scales)
- Warmup: 0-1-2-3-2-1 slur 12
- “Hummingbird” – Fast slurred scale warmup
- landing on notes
- Single finger on scales and tunes
- This gives melodies an Indian raga sound.
- 2-4-3-1 up / 1-3-4-2 down, pattern on diatonic scales
- This is a melodic variation pattern that I’ve been tinkering with. Here are some simpler melodic patterns:
- Sliding first finger
- Staying in first position
- Moving up the neck on each string
- Accent each note
- Building speed on single reps
- Using a metronome for this.
- Current fastest: 90 bpm
- Emphasis on:
- Remembering lyrics
- Composing fiddle breakdowns
- Have you ever seen the rain?
- Don’t Think Twice
- Your song
- No Expectations
- Redemption song
- Emphasis on: