Are you looking for a way to increase productivity in your practicing? Would you like to have a nice system to track your progress? Do you find yourself wondering if you are making any progress, or just staying at the same level? Do you need help getting motivated? Do you wish you knew how to practice better?
Well, I’ve got a secret to tell you…..WE ALL DO! I think most musicians can answer “yes” to at least 3 of those questions, which is the reason I finally buckled down and wrote The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Practicing the Violin.
And you can get it right now by entering your name and email address at the bottom of this post.
This guide will give you all the basic tools to help you:
- Set your priorities
- Motivate yourself
- Practice less with more results
- Track your progress
I’ve even included some practice diary or journal templates and other printable materials in the back of the guide which you can print, copy, and even customize to fit your needs.
The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Practicing the Violin is exactly what I wish I had for years and years as I struggled with my practicing.
Many of you have read my story and you know my feelings of disdain for some of my teachers who were either oblivious or apathetic to the fact that I was practicing my butt off and getting nowhere, while doing nothing to help me get better results.
I even bought a big fancy Daily Practice Journal which was very detailed….but I found myself spending too much of my practice time trying to fill in the journal. It had its own “system” which I had no idea how to implement and use, it more or less spoke a different language, and I didn’t know the language.
It isn’t easy to teach someone how to practice. It sort of has to fall into place a piece at a time. But if you start as a beginner and develop good habits early on, you are going to develop some MAD SKILLS in efficient, effective, focused practicing which will give you awesome results!
Whether you have a teacher already or are attempting to teach yourself, or if you are coming back to your instrument after a long break from it, you will benefit from The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Practicing the Violin. This 31-page guide will help you with:
- The mental and physical aspects of practice
- Some of the universal fundamentals of good violin playing, regardless of what method you are studying
- Identifying correct priorities for a beginner
- Spotting pitfalls you can avoid just by being aware
It will help you to save time and get results, enabling you to practice less in the long run.
I took a lot of extra time to include the Practice Diary / Practice Journal Template because I think keeping some sort of practice diary is essential. A practice journal helps you to track your progress, and helps you to chart your goals, both long term and short term.
But a practice diary should be simple enough that anyone can use it, and it shouldn’t take a lot of time to fill out. It should include dates, and should have certain categories, which will assist students to be consistent in their practicing.
For instance, if you just use a blank notebook, you might get on a scale kick for a month where you are enthusiastic about scales, and you will track your progress in scales for that month. However, once that enthusiasm wears off, you might stop tracking your scales altogether. If you have a set Practice Journal Template, which includes all the major categories of violin practice, such as scales, etudes, ear training, warm-ups, or whatever, then you will notice if you are playing favorites with one category, and neglecting others. (i.e. the “scales” section would be overflowing, and then suddenly it would be glaringly empty).
That’s why my Ultimate Practice Guide contains bonus materials at the end, including printable pdf templates of a Daily Practice Diary and Weekly Lesson Notes. These can be ALTERED to fit your own needs and style! I don’t believe one size fits all, and if you can customize your diary to fit your needs, it’s going to be a more effective tool for you!
Get your Guide right now by entering your name and email address below.
Please email me the ultimate guide. Thank you.
I’m with my mother right now, so I”m away from my files. But I”ll ask Beth to email it to you. I hope you enjoy it and benefit from it!
Lora, I have been not too good health-wise since December. Now I’m way better and want to begin all over with Suzuki 2. I think I need that practice guide. Can you help me? Mural Adams
Sent to your email! Wishing you good health!
please send Ultimate beginner’s violin practice guide
it’s showing mailing list not active.Help me to get the practice guide please.
Hello Lora, I also am seeing ‘Mailing List Not Active’ when submitting my email for the practice guide. Wondering if you know what the next step is?
I was able to add you manually!
Let me know if you need ANY help setting up your free membership.
Actually, email my tech guru at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth is awesome, and she knows my system better than I do!
It has taken me quite some time to get this sorted out.
If you email me (email@example.com) I will personally send you a copy of the guide. (plus then we will be connected!)
I”m sure Beth helped you by now. Please let me know if you still don’t have the practice guide.
I noticed, you had an article “Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Practicing the Violin”. I saw it once, but I don’t seem to get it again. Do you think you can give me the link?
You did an amazing basic work. It is all very precise. As a beginner it can be a little overwhelming. – By the way, do you have a aspecial section for children?
Have a geat day, Anita
Hi Anita. I’m a little confused about what you’re looking for. You posted this comment on the article you’re asking about. Do you mean the link to the article or the link to the guide?
There is no special section for children, but I am planning a fiddle course for children. It will teach them how to play the violin by using fiddle tunes as the curriculum. But that’s a few months away.
Just wondering how to get the Free Ultimate Practice Guide, as I don’t seem to be getting any email or anything using the form in the website.
Priyanka, did you get your ultimate guide yet? (I asked Beth to help you with that)
Do you speak Portuguese, or was it some translator machine there, in the post from Bluetche?
Anyway, I prefer to write to you in your language.
My site manager, Joe speaks a little Portuguese. I have to rely on Google Translator (which actually isn’t too bad)….so between Joe and Google, we can limp along even in other languages! I do have plans to translate my classes in the near future. –L
thanks for the guide, I appreciate the straight-forward/detailed nature of it. keep up the good work
You’re welcome, Mike. I’m glad it has been useful for you.
I entered my name and email, got the confirmation email, but how do I download the Guide?
Hey Jux– after you clicked on the “confirmation” link in the confirmation email, you should have gotten another email with a link for the Guide. I have forwarded your comment to my tech guy, he will be contacting you shortly. –Lora
Thank you, Stephy! Try it out. If you have any questions, post them here, so other readers can benefit as well. Talk to you soon! –Lora
I downloaded this a few days ago and I must say I am completely impressed. I was just about to ask you for a a few checklists when I noticed this great guide.