Posted by Django P on August 25, 2001 at 12:03:21:
In Reply to: I could use some audition advice posted by Dave Yates on August 24, 2001 at 12:28:43:
Some suggestions for practicing
1) Write out a realistic plan and then stick to it.
2) Dont schedule more than 2 hours without a one hour break.You want results.
3) Be very specific on what you want to accomplish ahead of time.
4) Pick one piece per practice period. Focus on that one piece.
5)Use a metronome set at a setting where you can play the piece flawlessly.
IF you can't play it perfectly, SLOW THE METRONOME DOWN!
6) Concentrate on the areas you have problems with, not the areas you play well.
7)Use the metronome to drive perfection and feel. For difficult passages,
I might assign one beat per eigth note or even sixteenth note.
Once you can play the segment flawlessly, increase the tempo slightly.
Example, I find that if I get it perfect at say 66, I ratchet up to 72,80,88,96
and so on until I cant play it cleanly. Sometimes I go right up to
the metronome limit (208bpm)
8) Then to develop feel,slow the metronome down and use it to count qtr notes, whole notes, measures,etc.
9) If you are tired, take a break (focused practiing IS tiring)
10) If you hurt, stop (understand why you hurt - is it bad technique or posture?)
11) Remember, the object of practice is to improve, not clock hours.
12) FOCUS, FOCUS FOCUS (no noodling allowed)
13) Take a break every 3rd or fourth day to play stuff thats fun.
Hope this helps.
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