I have been researching the topic of intonation slow practicing technique both as a skill for my own playing and my teaching. I have found there to be a division regarding the actual practicing/fixing intonation problems in the practice room.
When practicing a passage slowly for intonation these are the two schools of thought:
1) Go slowly, adjusting the pitches until each is in the right spot. This is a method described by Fischer in his books. I have read many threads on this site in which people have written that this method is faulty because one is memorizing the adjustment, never the true position of the pitch from the previous note. I would argue though, is it possible to land in the exact spot everytime? Isn't one going to have to adjust constantly in performance?
2) The other approach is to repeat note to note without adjusting, trying to land in the right place. In this method it seems like one repeats mistakes too often, and (as mentioned above) adjusting is quite necessary in performance.
I'm very curious as to everyone's personal methods regarding intonation practice. Do you use either of these methods--something else?
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