Today I want to share a new discovery about putting repetitions on autopilot. No, not the mindless wash-rinse-spin-repeat sort of repetition, but a way of polishing a bracketed section of a piece to build evenness and velocity. The example I’ll give is relevant to the violin repertoire but the practice technique is broadly applicable.
Some day, I’ll figure out the best method for taking notes in lessons. But until then, here’s my current approach.
How can identifying as a musical kid help support the practice habit?
Approaching the end of 2016, it’s the season of annual reviews, reflections, and retrospectives. It’s also the season for hopes and plans for 2017. Since for me personally it has been an interesting and challenging year, I decided to reflect on what I’ve learned over this past year.
Spoiler alert: there’s no trick. It’s just showing up and doing the work.