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Fiddlerman
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May 17, 2011 - 8:19 pm
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A student spends much more time working on their own in a practice room then they do with a teacher or coach.
Be your own teacher, learn to analyze your playing, listen very carefully to the sound that you are producing. Every single note is important no matter how fast the passage is. Music is not just notes and scales. It is expression and emotion. Learn to play phrases in the same way that you speak sentences to be expressive. Take advantage of the assets available to you such as dynamics, note lengths and vibrato in order to express yourself.  Be extremely conscientious of your intonation. Spend 90% of your practice time on the things that don't sound great, slowly and analytically, and 10% putting it all together.

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Thanks Fiddlerman, good advice in my opinion.

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i use a timer with my practice.. i set 5 minutes for each concern area.. like i'll play 5 minutes for scales.. 5 minutes for vibrato building.. 5 minutes of just open strings.. 5 minutes on changing strings.. 

then in playing a piece.. i would spend a session or two in memorizing the piece.. then once i memorized it.. the next practice session is smoothing the intonation.. next session is on rhythms.. basically, it takes me about a week to play simple piece.. but somehow it works for me... it sound so much better compared to learning a piece in a day or two.. 

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Fiddlerman
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June 30, 2011 - 8:13 am
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Great that you found a system that works for you. You'll find later that you can combine some of the moments such as the open strings with slow scales with concentration on the bow strokes in time. Maybe you are even ready to extend your practice time by 5 extra minutes to include 10 minutes of scales. dancinbunny

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