Message from discussion Practice Faster, Not Slower?
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From: "Steve Freides" <st...@kbnj.com>
Subject: Re: Practice Faster, Not Slower?
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:17:24 -0400
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Alphonsus Jr. wrote:
> According to the principles of "deliberate practice," one should very
> mindfully push oneself during practice to play challenging passages a
> bit faster than comfortable. Good advice?
See Occam's Razor. One should practice in an intelligent, mindful
manner, using a variety of methods chosen with an eye towards improving
one or perhaps a few aspects of performance.
Speaking for myself only, I have found that when I know I will have to
play a passage in performance that is beyond my technical abilities, I
benefit the most - and therefore end up performing it best - when most
of my practice is within my comfort zone, especially at the beginning of
the period of time during which I'll be practicing the piece.
Slight change of subject - one thing pianists do much more often than
guitarists, at least in my experience, is not play all the music that's
written. Particularly with an orchestral reduction, e.g., I recently
accompanied a Weber clarinet concerto, me on piano - I on the fly
"edited" to come up with a simpler orchestral reduction that fit my own
playing abilities better. I didn't bother to write down my changes, I
just figured out what I thought was the best solution to the problems of
the score as they came up.
Another slight change of subject - I don't think one should perform
"challenging" passages if at all possible. Work on them until they're
no longer challenging. Speaking as an audience member, I don't enjoy
watching someone struggle.