Handling a large competition programme
I will be participating in a violin competition in about a month's time, and I have a sizable competition programme to prepare (9 pieces counting individual movements), so I was wondering how I should go about practicing these pieces. Say, if I have 4.5 hours of practice daily, should I spend half an hour on each of these pieces, or split them up and work on maybe 4 pieces on one day and 5 pieces on the next?
Thanks a lot, I am looking forward to your replies!
I know its a different instrument, but there is a video by Josh Wright which covers this exact area
I think this is highly individual. I have never prepared this much at once but in general I like to practice a piece daily but not too much time each day. I seem to make faster progress that way than by trying to achieve a lot in one monster session (and then doing the next piece in the next session etc.). But others may have experienced the opposite: That sticking with a piece until it is mature is the most effective way.
The important thing, regardless of how you split your practice time between pieces, is to split your practice time between kinds of practice.
@Jake would you be able to send the link on this thread? I'm afraid I'm not able to find it
Chris - that is great advice.
Thanks Albretch and Chris for the valuable advice!