Here’s a weekly review of what I practiced.
If you want to do your own review, use these questions as a guide. Write down your answers in a journal, word file, spreadsheet, or the new Practice Journal Feature on FiddleHed.
Questions for weekly review
- How many minutes a day did you practice this week? How many days?
- What tunes did you work on this week?
- What techniques did you work on this week? (Scales, bowing, ear-training, etc.)
- What went well?
- What could use improvement?
- What did you notice about the process of practice?
- What things will you work on next week?
If you feel like it, post what you did on the Share Your Practice Forum.
How much did you practice?
- I practiced every day, 30-120 minutes
What tunes did you work on this week?
- Kafi Raga, I learned phrases from this lesson:
- Cuckoo Bird
- The Jazz Fiddler
- Paddy Fahey’s
- Improv, original pieces
- Fiddle Journeys: I Knew That Would Happen
- Improvise with another artist’s recording, Harmala: Fall – Rise
What techniques did you work on this week? (Scales, bowing, ear-training, etc.)
- Minor Pentatonic Scales
- Blues Scale with natural 7th
- G Minor Pentatonic
- Melodic Variation 1-2-3
- G Dorian
- Octave double stops scale
- B Flat Dorian
- Shifting up the neck to second position as needed
- F Dorian and F minor pentatonic
- trouble working out Melodic Variation 1-2-3-1 with Slur 3 pattern on pentatonic
- Octave double stops scale
- Higher positions
- Melodic Variation 1-2-1 >> Mordents
What went well?
- Figured out The Jazz Fiddler.
- Updated the way I take notes on practice.
What could use improvement?
- Flow on the jazz fiddler.
- Play earlier in the day.
- Take more breaks for the body.
What did you notice about the quality or process of practice?
- Some days the quality was better than others
- Last night I did 30m maintenance practice at 11:30pm.
- My personal challenge is to carve out practice time during the day when I have more energy and clarity.
- A student named Tara D. does 3-10 short sessions a day, some as short as 5 minutes. I’m going to try to break up all the computer work with
- I made short recordings (less than one minute).
- These are easier to listen to afterwards.
- Listen to them
- right away
- weekly review
- monthly review
- Quicker feedback loop
- Also some longer recordings to explore ideas.
What things will you work on next week?
- Short practice sessions during the day
- Take another lesson on Kafi raga
- B Flat Dorian, B Flat Dorian
- New Kafi lessons
- Learn another blues fiddle tune by the Mississippi Sheiks: Still I’m Travelling On or Jake Leg Blues
I hope this inspires you to do your own weekly review. Let’s start strong in 2022!!!
PS: Let me know if there’s something I did that you really want to learn.