tips for practicing
I was reminded recently that practising effectively is extremely important, especially for those who are struggling with a passage of music. Mindlessly playing the entire piece of music from beginning to end several times not only wastes time, but doesn’t help consolidate and improve problem areas. I know I used to do this partly because I didn’t know what else to do, but also because it felt good to play parts of the music that were already polished.
So what to do? First, play or sing through your piece of music, taking careful note of any problem areas. It could be a whole section, or even just a few beats of a given bar. Once you have those sections, work on one of the problem areas only. Keep working on that area until it is perfected and polished. Then move to the next problem area, polishing that same until it’s perfected. Do this with every problem point, until every thing is polished.