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20 May Alan Duncan / practice / technique
As a youngster, no one really taught me how to practice. I was admonished to practice but never showed how to practice. With the pressure of time, concert preparations, and general busyness, I’ve come to develop my own techniques. Last summer, for example, I gave a performance of one of the Beethoven piano trios; and I went so far as cataloguing all of the tricky spots that needed special attention and developing a spreadsheet of those spots and the current tempo markings.
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15 May Alan Duncan / practice

Someone published a piece in the American Suzuki Journal nearly 12 years ago entitled “20 Memos from your Child” (ASJ 21:4, August 1993.) These are thoughts that I need to remind myself of as we approach practice.

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14 May Alan Duncan / relationship / conflict
We are approaching four years of violin studies this fall. We just watched old videos of ViolinGirl in her first efforts. The amount of progress through our very ordinary efforts is incredible. But we still see elements of resistance crop up. I’ll call it “micro-resistance” because it’s not nearlly at the level of frustration and refusal she exhibted at first. For the first year, she would roll on the floor screaming about taking her violin out of the case.
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28 May Alan Duncan / practice

The metronome is an essential tool for practicing with rhythmic accuracy and for developing velocity in a disciplined way. In this post I’ll describe some of the pitfalls I’ve encountered as a musician using the metronome for practice and how it can be applied by us Suzuki practice parents.