How much should I practise the violin?

Updated: February 19, 2021

How much should I practise the violin?

We get this question a LOT at ViolinSchool!

But, honestly...

Who can know?!

As the saying goes, How long is a piece of string?  ... it's kind of impossible to know the answer to this question, because it depends on so many factors that are personal to YOU.

What's much more important (and what we're focused on when you're enrolled at ViolinSchool) is whether:

a) you're gradually getting better and better at playing the violin


b) you're having fun and enjoying it!

Are those not the most important things?

(Also, call us lazy, but ... we want you to achieve the best possible results with the minimum amount of effort! Ha!)

So let's upgrade the question...

How can I keep getting better and better at playing the violin ... whilst having fun and enjoying it!?

Aha! Now we're talking! 🙂

Now, that's a big question, and the answer is different for every person. But as you work through each area of skill with your teacher or coach, we can find answers to this together.

Remember, the right answer will be different for everyone, because we all go through different 'phases' or 'seasons' of learning, so your practice routine will change in different ways over the years.

But we can't look for changes and improvements until we're fully aware of what we're doing right now.

So be mindful of your existing violin practice routine, and start to reflect on what is working and what isn't working for you.

Here's a tool you can use to do exactly that:

Practice Journal

(click to download - make sure you're logged in to ViolinSchool)

For an explanation of the different categories, check out the 'Practice Menu'.

Now please ... before you print the doc ...

1) Don't overthink this! Just scribble down a few notes about what you've played or practised this week. You can take a deeper look at the details later.

2) Use any format to make a note of what you played this week! It doesn't *have* to be the document above! You could even just scribble a few notes on the back of an envelope. Whatever works.

Only spend 2 minutes a day on this exercise! Just enough to make you start thinking about what you're doing in your violin practice, and why.


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