How to effectively practice - focus on one thing at a time or everything at once?
I just had my first lesson with a teacher (been teaching myself for a few years...I know not a great idea, but I have extensive classical training in another instrument, so I was able to get by.)
Anyway, there is a very long list of things I need to work on, including:
Consistent bow speed
Keeping elbow aligned with wrist
Not hitting other strings
Less tension in left hand
More curved left fingers
Placing left hand fingers ahead of time (for faster passages)
When I practiced this with my teacher during the lesson, I had a hard time focusing on all things and I feel like I ended up sounding way worse than normal. Should I focus on one thing at a time so it's not so overwhelming, or is it better to try to integrate all these things at the same time during practice (although it seems kind of overwhelming and impossible at this time)?
Thanks for any advice and encouragement!
Perfect!! Your tasks are already organized. The first five are right hand the the last four are left hand. Divide and conquer.
In my opinion, the teacher should be giving you simplified exercises targetting the techniques. You cannot possibly work on all this at once. In my opinion, the teacher shpuld introduce these in a structured and well timed way depending on how much the student has internalized from previous lessons (challenges are good, overwhelmung is not so good). As a beginner, one cannot incorporate the role that each of these techniques play in an ensemble of techniques.
I think it depends on the student and the situation. Is the purpose of the lesson to give a new student a "wake up" experience about their playing? Is it a very talented and aware student who can absorb a lot of information, or a mediocre one that can only process one thing at a time (if that...)?
I'm a beginner too, but with no experience with other instruments and can't read music (now I can but slowly). With my previous teacher, I had to do almost everything correctly otherwise I can't move on. Then when something new gets introduced... Everything falls apart and I get really stuck. One hour lesson for half a nursery rhyme *cries
Weight on the left foot? Is it important because I've never had a single teacher requiring that.
Thanks for all the responses!