Hi, I'm wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to practice better and more efficiently?
Hi Peter and welcome!
Have specific long- medium- and short-term goals. Instead of "I'm going to improve," think "I'm going to improve the intonation of mm 75-90" or "I'm going to improve my phrasing and expression in the exposition of X". Have a plan before you start your practice session, very detailed and specific. X scale, focusing on element Y. X etude, focusing on one aspect of playing. That sort of thing. Work on details and foundations. I used to just think "scales/etudes/repertoire" but that wasn't focused enough. Now I really try to hone in on the particular skills I want to improve, at as detailed a level as I can. It's been really good for me.
Check out Nathan Cole’s videos on youtube. They are excellent. Also Kurt Sassmannshaus’ videos on technique. (violinmasterclass.com or on youtube.)
Search this site and the internet for "practice strategies", "how to practice effectively/efficiently", etc. You'll find a plethora of information. Some great advice above.
Peter, I highly recommend the book "Practice" by Simon Fischer. You will find it very useful. It compiles basically all known practice techniques. It is illustrated by hundreds of concrete examples from the violin performance literature.
For private practice at home I think something can be learnt from a symphony orchestra rehearsal technique adopted by some conductors.
If your schedule allows, break up your practice into multiple sessions.
It's a great question and there are many great answers in this thread and other threads. The big four components I like to have in my approach:
Susanna Klein, just watched a few of your great new videos on YouTube, short and to the point.
Jeff - thank you! I'll record some more closer to summer time. :)
I like to set a definite time to start -- and then stick to it -- also have a time to wrap up a session so that I still have an appetite for the next one. As a previous poster has said, it's good to have specific goals and a plan.
Lad the question is what you really want. If you want to be great player then these advices i read and not all of them i did i am sorry, you should not listen. For average professional you need to practice minimum three hours per day, but if you can stuff one and a half long concert repertoire into that short time then youre very productive genious. The longer you re able to practice with brain on then the better you will be and it will improve your stamina on recitals. My advice for beginning is start two hours from 8 until 10am and then in the afternoon from 4-6pm. With time you will feel that you can do more then you add one more hour until you get to four. The point is that in one day you make two days of practicing. But this wont make any sense if you re not using your head. So thats the most important.
I find that keeping my instrument handy helps a lot. If it's sitting on my desk when I'm waiting for a computer run to finish, I'm likely to pick it up and work on a few passages.
I would add that I'm looking seriously into new fingerings and bowing. This means time away from the violin to re-edit the music. I'm trying (a la Ricci) to avoid big jumps and use semitone and tone fingerings, using where possible the same finger. In descending passages this particularly benefits a safer way down, and avoids falling down the stairs!
hi Peter nice to see you back, ready to reply to everything like we know you. just try to keep off Lyndon's back please, just don't reply in such case. actually Lyndon has not been posting a lot actually.
You are not supposed to mention that subject! I keep away from all that sort of thing. Leave it to the football hooligans!