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Practice !
I liked this video ..
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Katie L

January 29, 2023 - 2:24 pm
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It may help others and goes hand in hand with RDP’s post a while ago 



January 29, 2023 - 6:28 pm
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@Katie L  This is a great video.  Particularly the breaking into small chunks, and the over, and over, and over. . . .

I like that she explains that there is a different between playing and practice. 

Something she does not mention—breaking a day’s practice into smaller time increments (like 15 minutes).  I primarily practice in the evening, but sometimes I might just practice 15 minutes or so during the day (maybe multiple different times).  I will typically use this shorter time frame to work on something like a specific phrase (2-4 measures) that might be giving me trouble—something small to really focus on. 

It can also be easier to get started if you are not feeling particularly motivated that day (“Ugh, I really don’t want to practice—well, if I just work on that string crossing section for a few minutes, that’ll be okay.”). 

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

Katie L

January 30, 2023 - 12:10 pm
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I totally agree with everything you just said Sharon ! Especially the last part. Sometimes I think I’ll just work on my fourth finger or a few notes and it turns into a decent practice session ! Other times it doesn’t  😁


January 31, 2023 - 6:24 pm
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Breaking my practice into itty bitty pieces really helps me learn faster.  And she's right in the video that practice isn't playing, although part of practice is playing the piece, because playing (in my mind) is perfecting and performing the piece instead of learning it.

Now if only my left elbow would cooperate and let me practice.

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