For some reason, I'm having real trouble this week getting myself to start practicing violin. Once I've started, I'm quite happy plugging along. But getting started is a whole different thing. I need mojo!
I'm slowly coming back to where I was when I left in August. I'm really rueing my lack of practice while overseas. But, what's done is done.
I can do scales and broken thirds again, including scales in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th position. I haven't practiced the left hand moving between positions much (the actual shifting), though.
I've been working on the bowing technique book, from the beginning. It's slow going, and it takes a lot of concentration. I need to start back on the fingering technique book, the shifting book, and the double stop book.
I'm in the midst of Suzuki Book 3 again. Book 1 was sort of hard, then things got easier with Book 2, I think because my hands started remembering what they were supposed to do again. And with Book 3, I'm sometimes surprised at how I can read through a piece and do okay even the first time through, and then with some attention, get it sounding pretty decent. Both Book 2 and Book 3 pieces took me a fair bit of work the first time, and I think the memory of that work is slowly rebuilding.
I need to start working on the vibrato thing again. I was at the point of beginning to try to move my wrist slowly and such. It's going to be slow going, I think, because it's sort of a weird motion.
Sometimes I watch youtube videos of Itzhak Perlman or Hilary Hahn, and their hands look so relaxed and soft on their instruments that it's a wonder everything doesn't just fall.