"You know, Megan, if you just practiced this every day, everything would be so much easier."
Yes, of course I know. But there's so much to practice, and so much that gets left out. Why? No time, it's tedious, 'I should only practice this if I can really concentrate on it' - i.e. not today, 'I practiced that for an hour yesterday - it won't hurt to skip it today' (And tomorrow. And next week...).
What do you neglect?
Feeling guilty yet?
So, let's do something about it! Join my two-week challenge. Here's how it works:
Tell us what it is that you sweep under the carpet. It can be a technical element, an etude, a passage, etc. Now it's out in the open - no more hiding!
Agree to practice this EVERY DAY for two weeks.
Tell us how it's going - is it improving? Do you need new ideas how to make your practice interesting?
At the end, tell us how it went. What did you learn? Did it make a difference? Have you formed a good habit?
So, out with those dirty secrets! Me first - tenths, fingered octaves, and anything involving expanding the hand, really. Most of the time, I can just 'get by' by practicing the passages where I need them, but I know I'd feel much more secure if I knew the handshapes as well as I know the octave.
What am I going to do? All my major scales in tenths every day. Elevenths and twelfths as well, in one key. Broken third scales with extension fingerings. Apply this to repertoire and etudes. I'll keep you posted!
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