Saturday, April 16, 2011

Weekly Music Nugget 12/ Practice Tip

     Lots of practicing this week so I will leave a practice tip.  When repeating a passage of music for the purpose of perfecting it, focus on very short sections at a time.  For example, if you have a problem with a two bar passage, figure out the specific problems and only practice the notes involved.  The problem might only involve two notes, so begin by playing only those two notes instead of repeating the entire passage over and over.  Playing something repeatedly with no specific purpose wastes time; playing something that is already learned might waste time (sometimes it needs to be played through...just be sure you know what the goal is ).  This process reduces mindless playing and wasted time.  Productive practicing is focused; it's work!

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