I’m considering a mute. I can’t imagine such a thing not horribly impacting my tone production, the primary skill I’m working on as a beginner, but at the same time I often struggle with the number of hours in a day. On weeks when my workload is exceptionally heavy, or in situations like this week when I’m cramming so I can be on vacation for a week, it can be quite difficult to squeeze it all in.
My violin practice sessions are starting to serve a therapeutic/stress management function for me, I’ve noticed – something I hadn’t considered until the past few weeks, so it’s important that I make time for it!
Condo living is a wonderful thing for Michael and me, but my neighbors would not welcome a 7 am beginner violin wake-up call; I know I like my morning quiet time. So it might be time to buy a mute. Just when I was thinking I had all the stuff covered. I read the other day somewhere that Paganini often practiced with a mute because he didn’t want others hearing his practicing; he was highly competitive and concerned that others would imitate his technique and steal his cadenzas and such, so clearly playing with a mute puts me in good company. While we’re at it, let’s pretend Paganini’s is the reason I need one too.
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