In my lessons with the undergraduate students here at Yale I find myself repeating a few core ideas many times. Perhaps one of the most common suggestions I make to students is to… slow down.
These days it is more common than not to see a classical musician perform from memory.
Using a metronome can be frustrating because if your rhythmic sense is not just right the metronome will let you know loud and clear. It is almost like having an annoying friend that is always right. However, if you persevere with the metronome it can bring wonderful results. The metronome can aid your practice by adding structure and it can help you diversify your practice schedule. The fact that it lets you know when your rhythm is straying is very useful if you make sure to correct yourself as you go along. The following list is some recommended ways to use your nome…
Setting goals is a great way to make your practice sessions more productive and get you feeling positive about your playing.
Recording yourself is one of the best ways to improve your abilities. We often have quite a different idea in our head of what