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@NiloiV Sometimes my homework starts to feel overwhelming like that, too. But I find when I have a week where I feel like I'm getting through everything too easy that I feel like I'm not making progress.
But I think I've found a practice balance for myself. I always warm up with one of my old etudes (my teacher usually has me do a new etude or two each week, and at least one new shifting exercise) then move into my current homework etude, do it once or twice, then move into the shifting, do that once or twice, then work on my song. That usually fills 45 minutes of practice for me. I know I should run through everything more, but if I do I get bored, haha. If I don't get to work on a song during my practice, I have no fun, lol.
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@damfino , hatin' them damn shifting/etude exercises! hate hate hate! so much hate! I know that it's the most important part of my practice and that the mere purpose of it is to enlarge my pool of technique skills, which is why I actually force myself to have them done prefectly at least 6 times (don't ask me why 6, dunno) every day (Yup, self control should have definitely been my middle name!).
Also, my teacher makes sure that in addition to shifting exercises and etudes I also work on a musical pieceq concerto, which is the most interesting and entertaining part of practicing, obviously..
Oh, and I always warm up with Rieding's concerto, don't know why. That's what works for me, I guess.
All in all, takes me about 2hr daily practice - all that on top of being a graduate biology student and working in a part time student job for a living, and minus sleeping, of course, 'cos who's got time for that anyway.. 😛