When I really get into the groove I just want to keep playing, and sometimes I do. Yesterday I went for two hours – the longest yet, I think. But at about the ninety minute mark I start to fall apart. I have less focus, and the physicality of playing the violin starts to get to me – I can feel it in my arms, which is fine, I love a workout – but overall, I just start to get sloppy. I can no longer find notes, and my bowing gets uneven.
I don’t have the luxury of playing for that long very often. It’s only been four or five times probably that I’ve gone past an hour and a half, but I’m noticing that does seem to be my functional limit for now.
Like running, I just have to build up to more if I want to be able to play more! Yesterday was the first day I really wrestled with my new Brahms, and when I get it whipped into shape I’m really going to love it. There’s some chance I would just want to play it on repeat for longer than an hour and a half all by itself. It’s a good thing I don’t have much of an audience.
Thanks for reading.
Quality over quantity sometimes! My brain (and fingers!) definitely has a limit. It helps to step away from it for a few minutes and come back to it refreshed. Practicing 1.5 hours sounds luxurious these days!! Way to go:)