The 5 Levels of Practising

Violin Tricks

I can’t remember if I’ve posted on this before.  It is in fact one of the most misunderstood principles of learning to play.  Get this one wrong and you sound like a learner.  Get it right and you’ll sound professional, no matter at which level you are playing.  It is an attitude thing.

Basically, getting to know a piece of music is like discovering a world.  A fantasy world that will take you on an adventure – if you let it.  And the sheet music is the map to the treasure.

Knowing this gives you power.  Here is a 5-level method of perfecting a piece (& moving beyond perfection to a really moving performance) :

Level 1:  Sight-reading

Let’s presume you are starting a piece you’ve never heard before.  You play through it; depending on your ability, you play it note-by-note, bar-by-bar or phrase-by-phrase.

The important thing here is to…

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3 thoughts on “The 5 Levels of Practising

  1. Oops, got this onto the wrong blog… my secret other life… oh well whatever, it got a “like”, so it may as well stay up. 🙂 Thanks for liking.

    • Dis ‘n pos wat ek laasjaar op my ander blog (Violintricks) gesit het vir my leerlinge en oudleerlinge, en wou hom reblog maar WP laat my nie toe om dit op die selfde blog te reblog nie.

      Toe ek besef die ding is gereblog maar op die “red ant”, wou ek hom afhaal – maar toe sien ek hy het klaar ‘n “like”, toe los ek hom maar op :). Ek gooi nie maklik “likes” weg nie.

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