After the Audition Lesson…

May 19, 2017, 7:14 AM · In response to the parent writing how the student went home and practiced for an hour after the audition lesson. (I ‘requested’ this, explaining that the request is actually a polite way of giving an order — comparing it to when the sports coach says “do 10 pushups” and you do them; or his dad’s boss tells him to do something on the job and it is done:)

Hi Parent,

Thanks for the follow-up. Hope I helped.

If H. can continue his new path — the one huge step of last night’s practice after the lesson — he is then beginning to take charge of his actions and direction in life. I pray he continues.

Yes, I did notice how much he liked meeting S. So glad you recognized S. and we were able to introduce them. Very interesting to watch and see the short encounter. We couldn’t have planned it better:)

When you see H., ask him how much he wants to work and improve this evening.

Hi H.:

I enjoyed working with you yesterday in the audition lesson. We will do another one after you have some time to practice and apply what you accomplished.

This evening, use the idea of:
Choosing a study, set the timer for 7 minutes, then begin practicing that study without any thought of the clock. Take time to improve small sections or groups of notes:

When the timer goes off, leave the study and move on to another. Do 3 studies in this way and then go to the Vivaldi.

Vivaldi Concerto in A minor Op. 3 No. 6, I Allegro:
Again, use the timer on 5-10 minute intervals, use the big and bold sound, accent/pulse each bow stroke — never stop the bow.

Give the sense of direction, like we did in the lesson, where the quick 16ths go to the following 8th note. The music should sound alive, fun and spirited.

Do this work on 4-5 sections. Focus initially on the beginning, then choose 3-4 sections that are really tricky. Each section can be approximately 4-8 measures.

NOW you are really “cooking” — GO FOR IT!!! Piece of cake:-)

Email to me what you accomplish via the Practice Log. I would love to see it!:-)

If there are any questions, let me know.

Have a great day!

Take care and God bless,


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