Looking for practice plans/logs to give me an idea on how to construct my own
I'm afraid I might be loading in everything plus the kitchen sink.
If anyone had a practice plan you'd care to share, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
Doesn't matter if advanced, intermediate, or beginner. Just trying to get an idea.
A lot of students divide their time into four segments -- scales, studies, lyrical repertoire or solo Bach, and fast rep (concerto movements). That seems like a pretty good starting point.
I divvy up my scales into four parts—regular ol' scales, arpeggios, double stops, and target practise. I work on one a day for an hour or so and rotate each day.
Violinmasterclass.com has some sample practice plans under their "Practice Schedules" tab. Here is the link to the website: https://www.violinmasterclass.com/p/practice-schedule
My plan is usually simple. The 1st 1/3 is technique. The next 2/3 is music. The amount of time varies depending on how much I have.There's a lot of play in there for changing technique daily or music.
I'm with Tim. While I admire the "dividing by four" routine as valuable for serious students (especially when each fourth is something on the order of 45 minutes), my ratio varies a lot. Generally I work on studies more when I'm tired -- when I am tired I am able to force myself to do menial things -- but when I am alert I prefer to work on repertoire.
My practice structure developed with my teacher is pretty simple (beginning returnee). Roughly 25% of the time is on scales and technique. 60% spent on exercises and pieces from the book, remaining time spent on pieces I enjoy playing that I've selected with his approval (I enjoy them, they stretch me but are not impossible). I normally practice 1 hour daily, sometimes longer, rarely shorter but that does happen.