There are many schools of thought on how to practice. Perhaps everyone has heard the saying, "It's not how much you practice, but how you practice." I cannot stress this enough. There are so many students today that practice with the notion that just practicing will get you to where you want to be. However, this is not the case.
Practice these steps for better results:
1) Have short but intense practice sessions. Focus is key in this step. I practice meditation to hone my skill of a laser like focus. I tend to keep my practices short. 50 minutes per session. I also have a glass of water on the table next to me for a 48 second break every 10 minutes to refresh my mind. I then take a 6 minute break after the 50 minutes. This will be a total of 10 minutes in break time.
2) Deliberate practice. I know many students - including myself -have trouble with this. Whether this has to do with maintaining our focus or not, we tend to just play. This is imperfect practice. One needs to break things down measure by measure, stroke by stroke and note by note.
3) Listen to the sound you're creating. Violin can get very technical. One also needs the ability to listen,something that I have needed to work on myself. It seems so simple, however, it is not.
These are just a few very basic techniques I've employed come to realize over the years of practicing.Tweet
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