As an adult, how do you get the most out of a violin/fiddle (VF) lesson – the most bang for your buck, the pointers and skills that move you forward in your VF goals, and very importantly, ease and efficiency of learning?
For the majority of adult learners, that would begin with a Paradigm Shift, Beginner's Mind, and Be Here Now.
We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
And That is For Sure ....
For years and decades, the accomplished adult has used mind-centered go-to modes of achieving success & goals, for problem-solving in career and life in general. Shockingly, these approaches fall short when learning VF!
Learning VF is not linear, predictable, or finite. It is multi-faceted, requires all the senses, the mind, being in-the-moment, and a conscious connection to the body.
Here is a short list of lesson hacks to get you in the groove...
- Listen & Hear Slowly. Hear everything clearly, which would be your own playing, the words of the instructor and the instructor’s demonstrations.
- Shut off any voices and words in your head - especially those which sneak in to advise you independently of your instructor’s guidance.
- Keep your focus on the item at hand, and don’t jump ahead in thought, or physically. Stay rooted.
- Ask for clarification, repeats of anything. Be sure you really know what the instructor means.
- Expect & allow constant imperfection in learning mode.
- Observe keenly, carefully and deeply.
- As you take your lesson experience home, maintain the integrity of your “assignment,” by NOT changing, improving, leveling up, or modifying any detail (unless planned for in lesson). In other words, stick to the plan vigilantly.
- Enjoy the lesson process! with curiosity, fascination, happy challenges, exciting breakthroughs, fun & amazing insights.