Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Dounis Update

Today I finished my first "pass" through Dounis Opus 12, and today I can actually play the Debussy Violin Sonata. B.D. (Before Dounis) I could muddle and guess through the piece, but now (I guess it would be A.D.) I can play all the notes most of the time.

I have not increased the amount of time I practice since doing my "row" of Dounis and Sevcik every day (it takes me about 45 or 50 minutes to do a "row," and I have been adding Sevcik bowing exercises), but I have improved the quality of my practice and the physical strength of my hands and fingers.

I absolutely believe that this kind of practice, switching from one activity and challenge to another, is the secret to achieving a state of technique on the violin.


Michael Leddy said...

Bow, bow, bow your way
Through the Dounis rows.
Thoroughly, thoroughly, thoroughly, thoroughly,
That's how practice goes.

Happy Dounis!

Lee said...

Hm, I wonder whether switching from one activity and challenge to another would also help in writing technique. I've been thinking about something similar for a while now - something along the lines of graded studies.