“Some Scientists think that it takes the brain at least 10 times of playing something corrrectly to erase the habit of a mistake.”
Preparing to Practice
1) Wash your hands
2) Remove distractions (TV, texts)
3) Have everything ready (music, pencil)
4) Plan what you want to work on
5) Before playing, look at the assignment or notes on the music. Remember what you teacher said at the lesson.
When you repeat something many times, it becomes easy, like tying your shoe.
Ex: you practice scales so that when you see a scale in a piece it is easy.
Repeat the right things. Play it correctly repeatedly.
1) Play a section slowly correctly.
2) Repeat it 10 times at a speed that is correct. Keep the tempo at a “comfortable” speed.
3) Play 10 times in a row correctly
4) The next day play 10 times in a row again! (If you make a mistake, start over)
Sometimes students choose a section that is too long. I also like the rule of 3 days in a row. I repeat 25 times in a row.
Remember to only play as fast as you are comfortable and don’t make mistakes. Speed up slowly. Are you still comfortable?
Happy Holidays and New Year!