24th November 2018
Hello Everyone and Welcome back to the life of Vanessa the Violinist! I don’t know about you but as the days get shorter and the weather is consistently more grey and miserable it can be very hard to stay positive and focused on the tasks ahead. What do you do to stay focused in these wintery conditions? Let me know your routines and suggestions in the comments section below.
Keeping within the topic of staying focused, as a full time working musician I believe it is extremely important to be determined everyday in your daily practice schedules. Determination can really surprise you sometimes, something that might seem an impossible goal one day, can easily become a reality with 100% determination to succeed in a very short space of time. It seems so simple, but our lives can get in the way sometimes that we forget this basic principle.
In my first lesson at the beginning of term, I was really proud to go in having learnt most of the notes to Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy during the summer holidays. We worked on some of the passages I had been struggling to improve. I asked him, ‘Why do my fingers feel too lazy to move?’ He replied, ‘Because you’re not strong enough’. I was really confused, thinking that I am strong enough and I must prove to him that this was the case. I had another three days to practice before my next lesson, having spent six hours a day practicing extra scales, exercises, as well as specific passages I was struggling with in the Carmen. I came to my next lesson so much stronger that I couldn’t quite believe the improvement myself. My determination to prove to him and myself my strength really surprised me.
Since then, I have grown in strength and continued not forget the importance of staying focused and determined in my daily practice routines. There are really simple things to remember when trying to stay determined:
1. Staying focused
2. Never give up
3. Never let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough
4. Prove to yourself that you can do it (you are all that matters)
5. Believe in yourself and your abilities
I promise that you will feel great if you continue to strive for your top goal. Keep going and I look forward to hearing about all of your highly determined achievements.
See you next time :)
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