I like to practice as much as I possibly can on my violin! If you practice for less than an hour each day, you’ll never reach your potential – I think that’s a mistake for anyone to make. I recommend getting every single day in, so that at least 10% of your work time is devoted to violin.
Why do I need to practice?
To get better at your instrument. When you hear that your favorite part is just behind the neck, you’re probably thinking, “Hey! It’s not THAT hot!” That’s totally true!
But let me tell you: when you reach a certain point in your learning career, you’ll be too old to learn again on guitar. You think you can learn something with this guitar?
Learning to improvise properly and using your fingers well is a whole new concept. When you get that much experience, you’ll know exactly how to pull off different chords on your violin – everything is easier.
After a while, you won’t be thinking, “Wait, what was I thinking about!?”
You’ll be thinking, “Damnit, I really do need to train myself on this stuff.”
Practicing is the best solution for this. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills on an instrument that could never have happened when you were a beginner!
But you don’t have to practice! I know you’ve heard it all before: “It’ll get easier through practice!”
What do I mean by this?
When you’re ready to progress your playing a step or two, start slowly. Just like when you’ve been practicing your guitar solo, you’ll probably find that you can’t do it without a few extra tricks and “shoots” along the way.
If you’re ready to progress to more advanced forms – for example, jazz soloing – then start gradually and work towards the ultimate goal. You’ll definitely gain more from working on your playing!
For instance, if you’re studying guitar jazz technique now, you’ll quickly discover that all you need is your fingers as your guide on the way. You’ll discover new ways to improvise that you probably didn’t notice before.
I’ve personally experienced that. Back in the day it was just “me”, just a solo playing a tune I love. Not only that, I played that tune at the most jam sessions I could find, because that one “solo”