Updated: Apr 12
It goes without saying that practice makes perfect, but what is good practice?
Here are some tips for you to consider today. We just finished a session with the Pink Panther and it is a long one so best commit now.
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Good tips for practicing
Repeat, start with single notes, then two notes together, then 3 etc until you get to phrases.
Turn of audio distractions, you can easily end up losing the key if there are audible distractions
Record yourself often
Always have a mirror to see your body position, bow etc
Never worry about mistakes at first, then focus on each mistake in turn to irradicate it
Use a drone
Write fingerings, note name etc, whatever it takes to make you play well
Don't play whole pieces until you get rid of the mistakes
Slow practice makes perfect practice, speed up really gradually once you have it all sorted
Relax and breathe all the time, keep hacking you are in the right zone with no mention in your body or mind
Drink water, stay warm
Take regular breaks to stretch