Putting aside items like resin, chair (cello), good stand, weekly lessons, and two hours practice each day, I made a list of things I consider essential for making strong, steady progress when developing skills on string instruments:
Ears that know intervals better each day
Using each of these items well definitely helps a student to progress, I think.
Now, I also think other people would add a "drone CD" to the list. Perhaps you might add a manuscript book, or notation software (for writing your own exercises).
What else would you add? A CD collection? A weekly mate, stronger than yourself, for duet work?
Dinner, of course! I hate practising on an empty stomach.
Metronome, tuner, recording device and other things you list, are already in the cheapest smartphone.
Way back in the day when I was trying to make "strong, steady progress" there was no youtube, which might explain a lot
Whaaaat, ditch my lovely 1970s Wittner 801m? I'm even thinking of upgrading it to an 804m.
Ears go without saying.
"What's a smartphone?"
The truth is that usually I tune with the piano (at home or in class), or with the leading instrument during ensemble practice.
Michael - Is that a Zoom H1 in your pocket, or a metronome? I don't carry either of mine as a matter of course but the Zoom beats a phone by not making noises of its own. Of course everyone needs a cloth for wiping off rosin dust and/or perspiration
I've got the Zoom Q8 bookmarked.
Old non-smart phones can still have a useful life.
The issue I have with "smart phones" is that they bring a whole bunch of other distractions into the room.
As a beginner and community orchestra newbie, I'm about to add an MP3 music slow downer to my tool kit. I've found playing along with the CadenzaStringsNC practice tempo videos which match my Suzuki books tremendously helpful and fun. Now I'll be able to do that at any chosen tempo with my downloaded orchestra pieces.
"Slow downer" software. Thanks. That is a great addition. I have added a foot pedal to mine (works with The Amazing Slowdowner", and others, and it is a hoot.
@Graeme "The issue I have with "smart phones" is that they bring a whole bunch of other distractions into the room."
Graeme, how does "Get more out of your violin playing" differ from standard scale books? And why cite a cello technique book here, out of curiosity.
An infinite amount of patience with a heavy dose of positive attitude.
Tammuz, a cello technique book may be useful for a violinist who wants to play like the musician in the link below. I'm already a cellist so I wouldn't need it.
As a current student, the notepad and pencil is important. Also bringing it to class with questions I have is important.
When I was learning guitar, I played Segovia scales for stamina, which I needed. They have their critics, but since they provide a routine of all 24, and they are structured to be easy to memorise, they were great for my purpose.
@Holly I have CapoTouch on my phone for speeding up/slowing down music. You can even import voice memos into that app, say your teacher plays something your struggling with for you to demonstrate it or if your playing with others and want to practice playing with the group on your own, take a voice memo and import it into the app and it’s right there. There is a free and paid version, I have the paid for version and it’s worth every cent. Love it for slow practice as slowing down when needed isn’t one of my strong suits.
A good luthier who can keep your instrument well maintained and well adjusted, and can offer good advice.
Thanks, @Kim W. I watched a Capo tutorial. Interesting, chords appear as the music progresses. Maybe I'll have to dig out that old guitar and build on the three James Taylor songs I could play when in college :-) Yes, I know, I'm showing my age.
If you play classical music you need sheet music, don't you?
Holly I like the guitar chords as well. I’m hoping one day my wee rocker kiddo will play some Bach with me!
a notebook for keeping track of teacher comments, plus practice log, inspirations, etc.
Tummuz, the first exercise in Otten's book, (exercise called Scales in first position), has four bar sections, with the pattern X major, vi/X harmonic minor, vi/X melodic minor ascending, and V/X dorian; and the set of scales modulates to the subdominant tonic, and starts again.
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