Notice what happens the second time through
- Do your hands relax a bit?
- Can you listen more closely to what you’re playing?
- Does the mind relax? Can you move from thinking to playing? Does that piece you’re practicing flow a bit more?
- How does the experience change on an emotional level? Do you feel less resistance to the fiddle as you play?
The Play Everything Twice rule doesn’t mean you stop after playing it twice. It’s just a handy way to train your mind to go deeper with things, and to not immediately jump to the next thing. In this way it’s similar to the The Two-Minute Rule.
If you play something twice, you may discover something you had previously missed. You can then take this opportunity to more deeply learn that little piece.
Fiddle tunes do this already
You can do something similar with any exercise or practice chunk. Play it two or more times, then practice something else. Then return to that thing and play it twice. This process is called “Interleaving”. Interleaving allows the brain to work on problems while doing something else.
Learn more here: Mix Up Your Music Practice With Interleaving
Go fiddle with it
Follow the lead of the tunes you’re learning and make Play Everything Twice an automated process. Once this good practice habit is established, make your sessions will automatically be more fun and productive…