Practice Tips

Practicing is different from performing.
Practicing is finding and solving problems in your playing.

1. Play the whole piece. LISTEN to the sounds and FEEL the movements you make.

Mark any problem sections with a pencil: areas where the music doesn't sound or feel good, where there is a symbol you don't understand, or where you feel frustrated or confused.

2. Play a problem section that you marked. What is causing the problems in this section?

3. Tackle the problem section in various ways, such as:

After working on the problem sections, play the whole piece again.
Relax and keep breathing!

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