Finally, after several months of not being able to hold the violin, I am now back to practicing to my heart's content. I also have Beth of ViolinLab.com for taking me back after several months of being unable to go back to the site.
Getting thick skin - because I was not playing the violin actively, the meager excuse of a callous that I developed during my few weeks of playing have disappeared. This creates a problem because the lack of "padding" makes it painful for me to press on the strings correctly
- Muscle memory - I had pretty good muscle memory back then. It wasn't perfect, but I do hit the notes without my violin tuner going red on me 100% all the time like the way it's doing now. So now, I have to "remember" where to place my fingers right, and re-train my ears so I can have that perfect pitch for the violin.
- Re-establishing the proper posture - I thought that once you held the violin, you will always remember how to hold it right. However, I am shocked to discover that it is not the same with me. I have to look again for the comfortable and proper position and square up my shoulders to get into the right stance.
Violin tapes - as much as I want to preserve my pride and just blindly hitting on the notes, I have to say that I gave in and put the tapes back on my violin. I don't want to do it, but it must be done. I can't remember where exactly I must place my fingers, and the frustration was getting to me.
Intonation training with my tuner - I use this Cherub tuner that I bought in JB Music Store. I'm back to just doing scales instead of just the whole music piece. I hit the notes three times, mainly concentrating first on the A and E strings as I perform the scales. I adjust my fingers depending on the way my tuner is responding, then bow again.
Finger on board, off, then back again - I place my fingers on the fingerboard, hit the string, check the intonation, then bow three times on the right note. I remove my fingers again then put them back on the notes, continuing the cycle on and on.
I do this retraining as I practice. My goal is to have adequate intonation by next week so I can have a pretty decent violin demo to upload in ViolinLab.com.