I've heard some conflicting advice on this topic:
When I was school, I was told things like "Take advantage of every moment you have to be practicing," and "If you're not sleeping, you should be practicing."
And when I was in school, I usually had a violin concerto I was working on. If I had 10 or 15 minutes before orchestra rehearsal started, it only made sense to practice that before rehearsal started....which everybody else was doing as well.
After getting out of school and into some gigging orchestras, I quickly learned that this is highly frowned upon.
And so, in my effort to de-mystify some of these unspoken orchestral rules, here is a short video explaining what I've learned:
Be well and practice well,
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