Glad others are finding it useful. There is a lot of talk these days about ‘focused’ practice, but very little on what it means to ‘focus’, or what you should ‘focus’ on.
I thought Eddy gave a very clear explanation, and a great example in talking about his student.
He’s a thoughtful young man and a fine musician.
Eddy Chen is a violinist, but this video is not about the violin. It is about what, specifically, you should focus on in each of the three main areas of practice: technique, repertoire development, and performance.
I have no nails. I think each person with no nails has to find their own way, to a certain extent.
Rob MacKillop puts his finger under the string and pushes up. I don’t really understand that, but it works for him. He gets quite a beautiful tone.
I contact the string on the upper side of the tip of my finger, j…[Read more]
Learning to identify intervals is frustrating because it makes you feel like you have no ear. But you do, it’s just a matter of attaching labels to what you already know.
If you’re sightreading, and the score shows a minor third, and you play a major third or major second, you’ll know it right away. Your ears are fine.
For attaching label…[Read more]
I like the idea to forget about progress. For me, it was the best decision I ever made.
I was studying dressage at the time, not music, but the principle is the same, I stopped thinking about where I had been or where I was trying to go, and just focused each day on that day’s ride.
I try to do the same now with the guitar practice. Focus on w…[Read more]
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