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Darol Anger interview about practice
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This is a podcast of an interview with Darol Anger about his thoughts on practice and playing a musical instrument.   One thing he mentions is leaving an instrument out, especially in the case of violin.  One reason is the unnatural way we have to hold it to play.   He feels like if nothing else, pick it up even if short on time and at least hold it like you would play.  Also end the session with maybe a favorite tune or exercise..  

Darol Anger interview from Artist works podcast

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@ABitRusty -

Yes!  To everything you said.

Outstanding podcast! 

Like how he also addresses the pitfalls of boredom and making small, attainable goals. 

My Brother made the mistake of putting his instruments away in their cases & I haven't been able to get him to play for me in a year - he hasn't touched them!

Have no idea why the interviewer talked about the need for callouses, though (?)  Darol just ignored it.  To me, callouses are a terrible threat to what I can feel on the strings!  If I ever start to loose feeling in my fingertips, I know I've been playing with way too much pressure.  

Thanks for sharing this podcast! 

 

 

🤔 ...hope no one feels they need to build up callouses to play the violin. 

- Emily

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ELCBK said
My Brother made the mistake of putting his instruments away in their cases & I haven't been able to get him to play for me in a year - he hasn't touched them! 

We had a thread about where we store our instruments, but I don't know where it is or if it reached any useful conclusion.

I have a 100dollar flute that used to be out of its case all the time and I could pick it up and practise overblows while watching TV. Then I bought a 1700 dollar flute and I never played it because I kept it in its case. Now both flutes are in cases, and I don't touch them. My time is valuable at the moment, as I spend 3 days a week with my other half, and making sure I practise during the other 4 days (actually 1/2 day +2 days, +orchestra 1/2 day+ 1/2day + 1/2 day, lol!) is becoming critical, so I'm keeping my Breton out of its case. I guess I should take the risk and leave the good flute out too (it has a 17th hole and slightly different key geometry for the right hand pinky, so it requires flute-specific practice).

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callouses..yeah idk either.  

i need to be more organized in my thoughts for each time i sit down with an instrumnet.  maybe write out a p.o.d or log like John does.  im good so.etimes and stop myself and think.. i dont need to play everything here today...just try and get that 1 thing today better

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I recommend a page-a-day diary. I use mine mostly as a practice log/notebook.

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In addition to my blog, I use the Hal Leonard Essential Elements Interactive practice log. It keeps the details for me! And, as I've mentioned before, they both help keep me motivated.

The old curmudgeon!

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Ive been thinking how to utilize my phones audio recorder.  Thinking I may have to do something like set a goal to record playing a 2 octave G folding scale at 60bpm (example) have that goal written down on top of that days practice.  set an alarm for 10 or 15 minutes and go at it.   Then later when not with instrument listen back on headphones and write down thoughts .  Then come up with plan for next practice and write that goal on next page.  repeat...so forth so on.   I dont want to spend too much time on that.  I also have the larger goals of getting whole tunes commited to memory at X speed so that could be a weekly target.  for me i would have to skip 6 pages ahead and write that down at top of page as an additional goal so to have it there as a reminder.  whatever i decide will have to use audio which would be listened to afterwards and at least a few hours later to keep me honest.  i know i need to organize better but dont want to stray too far from what I enjoy.  i just need to be more focused and thoughtful about it.  Just the little thing of getting i strument ready and stopping for minute and thinking..."you know last time you fumbled measure 6 everytime...start there and get it right 5 times straight then play.

Ive been reading a book titled Practice with purpose that is basically many different ideas written down back to back.   One idea is to print off music and actually cut it up into 2 measure flash card sorta things and randomly flip those over and play till its right.  an idea id never considered.  I think it may help with the problem of starying off plan but seems to add more labor to whole thing so not sure about putting that into motion.  but its another idea to remember.   playing a tune backwards in 2 measure sections is another.  sounds funny but something different.  some things i already do that was suggested is to listen to people i want to sound like.  t not as a listen for enjoyment but listen more technically.  like wow at 2:30 in such and such song he did this ornament..  and try and put that in to own playing...or wow he played that whole thing in tune...and try and incorporate that in my playing. surprised lol 

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@ABitRusty -

🤔 Some very interesting practice concepts! 

I do sometimes play troublesome parts backwards - trying to make sure my fingers 'get it'. 

Think copying someone's style is the ultimate compliment paid - I truly believe that.  Also, by copying more people/styles, I believe it can lead to ultimately reaching one, unique style. 

 

 

 

Sounds like a cool book - thanks! 

- Emily

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