How much time should I devote to learning a new tune and how much to reviewing what I already know?
John from South Charleston Ohio asked, “I try to practice an hour a day. How much of that time should I devote to learning a new tune and how much to reviewing what I already know? So much to do and so little time! Sometimes I get overwhelmed with everything.”
Further learning and practice
- An hour of practice a day is good!
- There’s no one formula that works for everyone.
- I have a whole series of different practice routines.
- Decide what your focus is…
- Learning a new technique
- Learning a new tune
- A good basic routine is to divide your practice into three areas: Review/Technique/New tune.
- I suggest starting with a few easy tunes so you “feel like a fiddler.”
- After you’re warmed up, work on a challenging technique. Then switch to a new tune. End on a high note.
- There’s as many ways to practice as there are people. Some people like to have clearly defined blocks. Some like to ramble between tasks. Experiment with what works for you.
- Rather than doing one thing for a big block of time, break it up and practice it a few times throughout a single session.
- For instance, if you’re learning and practicing vibrato, practice it for five minutes, then play a new tune, then play a scale, and then return to practicing vibrato.
- You can also interleave practice sessions throughout a day. For example, practice for 20 minutes in the morning, then 20 minutes in the evening.
This micro-lesson is an excerpt from an office hours webinar I gave on June 17, 2020. View the entire live-stream with indexed questions here.
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