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How To Make Your Personal Practice Schedule?

Zlata Brouwer

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Published: December 31, 2013 at 2:16 PM [UTC]

Practice make perfect!
Yes, it certainly does, but only if you practice a lot in an efficient and effective way.

One way to do that is to create a systemized practice package and schedule for yourself with a clear goal. The pieces and exercises within this package must be effectively tuned to each other.

In this video I explain what your practice package must consist of to maximize the results from your practice time.

Is this video useful to you? Please let me know in the comments!



PS: Do you have questions for me on violin or viola playing? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to

From Laura Lyon
Posted on January 1, 2014 at 7:21 AM
Thank you Zlata for yet another interesting video. I don't always comment, but I generally watch all your video blog postings and always gain little bits of information, or solidify an understanding on something. I appreciate the time and thought you put into these. This particular one was timely in that I recently got more "geeky" with my practice schedule in that I am now using an app on my Ipod to break my practice schedule into very specific segments with a block of time devoted to each. When I practice, I am now using the app to capture how much time I actually am spending, but also to countdown and let me know when I am at the point where it would be appropriate to wrap up that segment and move on to the next (although if I am into I may ignore it and just keep going!). In this way, I am ensuring I am getting adequate focused time on exercises for bowing and tone improvement, scales, vibrato, etudes or position exercises, and (of course) assigned music pieces. What I got from your blog entry that I need to also remember, is to also give myself time to play familiar "easier" pieces regularly so that I strengthen prior progression and keep a repertoire of music for ease of playing. I do that frequently, but not part of my regular practice session... more when I just happen to have a little more time available and am not quite ready to quit for the day. Thank you for that important reminder. I will just have to squeeze a little more time in to end my session with a segment of "play something fun and easy for you". :)
From Zlata Brouwer
Posted on January 2, 2014 at 5:58 PM
Thank you very much for your comment and your additional tips, Laura!

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