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It's usually better to practise regularly (say 5 days a week?) and only as long as you can retain your concentration and focus. That's obviously a very individual thing. Shorter, regular sessions are better than intermittent long ones. You have to work out your own balance. Try to get into a routine - eg. start with scales and arpeggios, then exercises ...


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It all depends on how good you want to get. If you want to play really well, you have to practice a lot. If you don't care, then you don't need to practice as much. When you do practice, you need to get the most out of you practice time. You have to make sure you're playing the right exercises in exactly the right way and with full concentration. That often ...


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Yes, a slide up to the note. Not a connection from the previous note, but a new start. The notation of this piece, though it superficially seems meticulous, is actually rhythmically illiterate and would be very difficult to read.


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These are all good answers. @michael-curtis makes the key point regarding thoughtful as to robotic approaches. Unless you are one of the 1% of the 1% of musicians born with what can only be described as the "gift", then you need to do real work in order to attain any level of competence. Jascha Heifetz has been quoted as saying that if he missed 1 day of ...


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The usual advice for training prefers frequent but shorter sessions over infrequent long sessions. It's hard to say exactly what numbers to use. There are psychological factors as play. But, I think a minimum of 20 minutes a day, everyday is a good starting point. Everyday practice is a goal. You might miss some days. The point is to make it a natural ...


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The straight line could be a glissando or a portamento. A portamento is a smooth change in pitch - like you'd do on a trombone, violin or swanee whistle. A glissando is what you'd do on an instrument like a piano or xylophone (instruments that only allow discrete pitches to be played) to give the impression of a portamento. You can't do a smooth pitch ...


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