Practice: 4. Woot.
- Practice is most efficient (and I can more easily accomplish longer stretches) if I think of it as task-oriented rather than time-oriented – this helps break down mental barriers such as “2 hours is a long time to practice.”
- As a continuation of yesterday’s thought about treating myself with as much kindness as I would treat a young student (not forcing them to play something again and again if they’re clearly unhappy and not improving), There’s a big difference between hiding from an excerpt (playing it once, hating it, not playing it again for a few days) and deciding to come back to it. The big differentiator for me is recording the “best” take I can get out of it at the time, and marking it for later review. Today I listened to an excerpt that I felt stuck on yesterday and the solution was much clearer to me with fresh ears.
- The biggest one today: Imagining the ideal sound before making a sound, using that as a template. See also, entries in this blog: Karate Kid. “Imagine the perfect bonsai tree. Then begin cutting.” This idea is mentioned briefly in an interview from Callas: Life and Art.