How quick should I be learning my repertoire?

November 23, 2006 at 03:02 AM · Hello,

I was speaking to my professor during our last lesson and she said that professional symphony members learn their music within days. She also mentioned that he daugther who studied with Galamian was only allowed to be on a piece of music from a few weeks to a month. I tend to spend several months on my pieces and she was me to pick up the pace and learn them quicker...however, I just cannot get four hours of practice in a day with a full-time job, school work and a WIFE. How fast should I be learning my pieces? How much time do professional spend on orchestra music with they start out? Currently I am working on Beethoven's Romance in F and Kreisler "Variations on a Theme by Corelli...plus other orchestra music.

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November 23, 2006 at 03:14 AM · Find Hillary Haun's site and read her notes on practicing. 'I' think there's a wealth of information for you there.

Search this site for learning speed information.

Learning efficency can be improved, but it should be done with good practice habits in place, thus I'd start with Haun's advice first. al

November 24, 2006 at 12:54 PM · Hi,

I agree with Albert. Reading this will improve your persepctive on good practice.

As a professional, we have to learn music quickly, especially for orchestra. Sometimes, a recital program in a couple of weeks.

It is not just a question of time. First, you have to make your playing effecient by eliminating physical errors in setup and movements. The more effecient, the quicker, easier we play and learn. Then, eliminate errors in thinking. Then, practice well - Ms. Hahn's suggestions are great. Here is the link to that article.

http://www.hilaryhahn.com/favorites/fav_05.shtml

Cheers!

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