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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I’m surprised I’m the first one to bring up an important practice point that three of my teachers have recommended. Practice starting from different points in the piece. Not only at the beginning a of ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I'm surprised no-one else has highlighted what I think is the most important part of the question: my role will be accompaniment As I'm sure you know, accompanying other people is very different ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

It's often said that amateurs practise till they get it right, pros practise till they can't get it wrong. And it's fairly accurate, and a great tenet to live by. Knowing your part 'inside out' will ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

Over-preparation is never a bad idea. As pianist Dick Hyman once told me, "If you want to play at 100%, you have to practice to 150%." Maybe you already realize this—but practicing at steady ...
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How can I improve my ear for intonation?

Play duets, either with another person, or with a recording of yourself or your teacher or an advanced student. Play in wind ensembles. Play in chamber ensembles. Attend concerts and recitals. Get ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I remember what it's like to get confused. Not with my main instrument -- I started with that such a long time ago that I don't have clear memories from the early years. But as a young adult I was ...
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Do you find it easier nowadays to practice and learn music that what it used to be years ago?

Can someone become a much better musician nowadays with all this information available than years ago? IMO, it depends. Here is a story about the Beatles: Together, they figured out guitar chords as ...
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What part of fingertip should touch the strings - Guitar

We all use different parts of fingers, and indeed hands, when fretting chords and notes on guitar. Guitar necks are different in shape, and it almost goes without saying that players' fingers and ...
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Do you find it easier nowadays to practice and learn music that what it used to be years ago?

Can someone become a much better musician nowadays with all this information available than years ago? Yes. The key to improvement is doing the required practice, which is inevitable Any good ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

If you're 'sure you'll make mistakes during the performance' then congratulations, you're well over half way there to mucking it up. Going in to any gig convinced you're going to fall on your face ...
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How can I improve my ear for intonation?

Get a tuner — an app will suffice — that displays whether you are sharp or flat. You'll also want a tone generator, which is easy to find online (here's one I use). Run the tone generator through an ...
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Too slow growth for violin?

A few thoughts from an older (50+) adult learning different instruments (clarinet and piano): "This is where you should be in 0-24 months" by a violin teacher. I don't play violin, but the ...
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How to practice this kind of complex tuplet structures appeared in Scriabin's Poem Op.32 and his Etude Op.42 No.2?

You say "...and I really want to play every note precisely." - but I think this really is the wrong approach. Your ultimate aim (surely!) has to be the obvious one: to produce a beautiful ...
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How young could a child start learning an instrument?

I'll describe the approach I took, and you can see if any of these activities appeal to you. Kindermusik worked really well for one of my children when he was a toddler. I still sometimes sing, "...
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