I have been wondering about the rightful practice system. How can one utilise the time to the maximum efficiency (weightage considering 2-2.5 hours practice) for the following?
PS: Please note that I'm learning for almost 5-6 years and is studying some Kayser etudes. Anything more to add in the above list? If so, please help. Also what would I start with? And what would be the order after that?
Traditionally, practice time is divided into four equal segments: scales and exercises, etudes, a concerto, and a short virtuosic work or solo Bach.
I divide my practise time so that I can focus on what's important. I won't spend an hour on Bach I've already memorised when I've just started something new...
I hope Mr. Krakovich gets to read Mr. Vachons post above!
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With your practice time, I would personally do half an hour scales, half an hour technique, half an hour on one study per day (alternate them if you are learning more than one) and an hour on repertoire. It can differ based on your needs, but I feel like this is an appropriate division of the time.
Yes.. Thank you all for suggestions.
Hi - my son splits his about 30 minutes scales and Schradieck, 45 minutes etudes (incl caprices), and 45 minutes pieces (incl solo Bach). It varies somewhat, especially if he also has chamber music or orchestra stuff he needs to work on.
I put basic exercises before scales, which are already a compendium of techniques.
I have a mixture of scales, pieces, open strings/tone production
Thanks to all..
In addition to what others have said, I'd like to add that I've started writing a list of particular spots that need the most work so I can be sure to tackle those every day. This is particularly helpful to me since I don't often get to practice as much as I'd like to, and it makes good use of my time and guarantees that I consistently tackle the bits that are giving me the most grief. When I get an item on the list to the point where it's no longer difficult for me, I just cross it off.
Well said, Michael!
What matters just as much is learning to practice effectively. When glossing over mistakes, it makes little difference how much you practice - except to reinforce the mistakes being made. Be discliplined, be picky with yourself. Listen carefully - to your teacher and to yourself play, along with other recordings . Practice slowly first and bring up the tempo. There’s the adage, if you learn by playing it slowly, you’ll forget it slowly. If you learn by playing it fast, you’ll forget it fast. Your approach to practice matters as mush or more than how the time is exactly divided.
Yes, that's the reason I asked about it in the discussion forum. Learning of knowing what exercises, etudes, scales to pair with the repertoire being learned is extremely helpful. Thus, I feel rightful practice system is more important than anything else. And yes, then come hours! As the story with Mischa Elman goes, its "Practice, practice & practice"!
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