As of yesterday, I have been consistently practicing my fiddle every day for the past 3 months. I started to challenge myself to be more consistent at the end of January, and now moving into May, I haven’t missed a day of practice yet.
I pick up fiddle-related rewards to myself for meeting the goal each month. This month, I did a bit of a double reward. I bought a Play on Air shoulder rest in anticipation of buying a new WAVE Da Capo chin rest. I feel like between the two, I can achieve a more comfortable position for my shoulder and chin.
So far, the Play on Air took a little getting used to, but certainly does lower the violin while still providing the grip of a shoulder rest. Because you inflate it, you have a good deal of customization on how inflated/thick the shoulder rest is and how high it sits.
Sadly, I can’t say anything for the new chin rest as it has not arrived yet. I did jump the gun, because I had a feeling it would take some time to arrive, and ordered it five days ago. I got a confirmation from the store, but I have not seen a shipping confirmation. So, I’m uncertain as to the status of my order. I do hope that I hear something soon because five days is a lot not to see some kind of shipping notification, even if it is one that says it might ship later than expected.
I’m not quite sure where to go from here when it comes to figuring out rewards for future consistency. I feel like I have almost everything I want/need in relation to my fiddle right now. Sometimes I get the itch to check out the idea of an electric violin (especially with the stimulus check we just got) – and I even have an idea which one I would probably buy if given a chance. But I tend to back out of that when I realize this requires an investment in an amp setup, which I have no idea about at all.
So it just seems better to stick with the violin I have. I still do like my Master a lot!