First off, I’m happy to say that I have definitely gotten over a major hump in my redevelopment as a violinist. My hand position is making more sense than it ever has and with daily stretching and awareness I am becoming less prone to tension, or at least have gained a better understanding of when tension has the tendency to rear its ugly head. I think most importantly I am continuing to develop better habits that I am working to incorporate into my daily routine (for example, I try not to let myself play until I’ve done some yoga, which makes procrastination that much more of a struggle).
I do have to say that I thought all of this yoga would make me a little taller, even a quarter of an inch, but I’m sorry to report that I’m still the same height that I was in the 8th grade, courtesy of my most recent measurement at the doctor’s office 😦
It’s amazing how hard it is to admit successes to myself, especially when they feel small, but I need to remind myself occasionally of the progress I’ve made. This is important because naturally as some things get better my thoughts immediately go to the next hump I need to get over:
Which leads me to…
Goals for this semester:
Photo from my recent trip to Austin: Graffiti Park. Not pictured are the amazing tacos I had right
before coming here.
This year has been so focused on the technical which I realize can sound boring in writing (so thanks to whoever reads these posts) but I have to say that it has actually been a really exciting time. Every day I feel a little bit more command over my instrument and the sounds I am capable of producing. Violin is feeling less and less like an impossible task, and I can’t wait to start putting myself out there as a musician in a more real way.
Along with many musicians, I have dealt with muscle tension as a result of my violin playing for a long time. I hope that this blog will be useful to those dealing with similar issues as I talk through my ongoing journey to play my instrument pain free.