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Learning intonation on violin is difficult a) because a new student doesn't necessarily have intonation in their ears so it is hard to judge accuracy and b) because even if the student does have relatively decent intonation it's not a trivial task to get the fine muscle control to execute an in-tune note. I'll lay down some basic suggestions and then get a ...


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I have been a Suzuki coach for my two children. My experience was that it really helped to plan out the practice sessions. It's great that you want to give yourself some structure. I support your idea of alternating some of the activities. Do please make sure you give yourself some opportunity for spontaneity and inspiration. Perhaps you could build ...


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Having a plan will help you monitor progress toward your goal(s). Whether it needs to be this detailed, more detailed, or less detailed is simply a matter of what works for you as playing is what is going to lead to successful achievement of your goal to learn lead and rhythm techniques. If a schedule inspires you to play and keeps you motivated to ...


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Not so much how to practise, but how to make the difference between a regular strike & a rimshot easier to determine, plus an unexpected extra benefit. Change your snare drum angle. Or even all your drums' angles, if you want to be able to do this with accurate repetition round the entire kit. I have my entire kit set in such a way that the difference ...


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I personally believe (and have read in various semi-scientific books) that daily practice is best - not alternate days. I don't have any scientific proof for it - it's a matter of opinion - but if you agree you might like to try the "Lead Guitar Techniques" and "Rhythm Techniques" every day, to build your memory of these more rapidly. I agree with doing the ...


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Everyone learns differently and ultimately it depends on your goals. Presumably, though, you're learning guitar in order to play songs — and you can't very well do that without actually playing songs :P Getting solid basis in theory and exercises is excellent, but it cannot teach you everything. If you want to learn to play songs you will absolutely ...


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If you can already play, let's say, 3 chords, e.g. E, A and B7, and change cleanly between them, you are capable of playing hundreds of songs ! You just need to play the chords in the order they come in each song. Maybe you want to learn that order, maybe you can read the chords like words in a story as you go along. Chords tend to come in 'families', where ...


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You can put some thin tapes on the fingerboard to show you where to put your fingers. Make sure you do a simple warm-up at the beginning every day, in which you are getting very comfortable with where each finger "belongs". For example, play the first half of a scale a few times, without worrying about rhythm, bowing, tone production, etc., just ...


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Playing the violin in key goes hand in hand with your aural skills. You need to be able to recognise the false notes and be able to correct them yourself. A good idea is to maybe do the Sulfa system so can in your mind play the first note of a scale and know how all of the other notes in the scale sound. You can also try to do scales with the piano if your ...


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Try finding a song with a lot of activity on the snare and make all (or even some of) the accents rim-shots. I find Californication really fun to practice rim-shots and drags to because the snare part is very involved with drags, rim shots and accents immediately after rim-shots (a skill which can be harder to learn than you may expect), but really any song ...


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I'm currently working with an hypothesis: the number of mistakes must be less than the number of well succeeded executions. I have no scientific evidence for that, but the reasoning would be to avoid teaching something wrong to your brain or muscular memory. This first paragraph doesn't answer your question, but thinking like that, you can imagine that ...



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