It is the beginning of Term 2, and fortunately the two week holiday has not seemed to break our momentum too much.
However, a few reminders about effective practice are always timely.
- While it is good to play songs through completely, this should not be the only way you practise.
- If you make a mistake, make a note of it and come back to work on it.
- Play the tricky bit 5 – 10 times until it is correct, then a few times to check that it stays correct.
- In this repetitive practice time, speed is not at all important. Slow down so that you can get it right.
- Gradually increase the speed every few repetitions.
- When you have played the section correctly a few times, try incorporating it smoothly back into the piece.
- You may need to practise the transitions slowly to make sure they are smooth.
This kind of sensible and disciplined practice will always be more fruitful than playing once through your pieces and ignoring all the mistakes.
If there are consistently many mistakes, or places where you have to stop and correct yourself, you are probably trying to play too fast, or maybe you should even go back to playing hands separately.
Well done for aiming for excellence! Disciplined application will always lead to success, and is the means by which a more musical performance will be the result.