Topic: Practice...really makes perfect.
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Practice makes perfect. I last Tuesday got a chance watch a world renowned Violinist perform and then hear him answer some questions by a few eager students. That's when the question popped out from some kid.
How old were you when you played the violin and how much did you practice?
The answer to the first question was: five years old :T I wish I started playing acoustic guitar that early...
The answer to the second question I found extremely interesting. "I practiced *only three hours a day. I would not recommend practicing any more then that. Beginners should work on technique and scales and they should practice them *slowly. I would spend an hour a day on scales. If anyone told me that I should practice more then that I would say I'm taking my time because I want to learn all of that first, because If I practice quickly I will forget everything quickly but if I practice slowly I will forget everything slowly" He then went on to explain that by age ten he was practicing five hours a day.
Two days later we were given a different response from another violinist who was currently touring a playing solos for Orchestras. She first went on to explain that she first learned to play the violin through lessons at the age of ten, but that she first went to to college as an English teacher and after that changed her mind and went back to major in violin. She said, " I must be somewhat OCD because I would not practice for a certain amount of time. Instead I would have a specific goal in mind and I would stop practicing when I would get done or when I would feel too tired to play. If I did get tired of what I was practicing I would go on to something else and then I would come back later."
I found both answers very interesting. I practice my acoustic guitar very much like the second violinist. I've been playing For a little over a year and I've found that if I've got something I need to get done I'll practice until finish. This meant I had, within my first year, roughly ten practices that went past five hours, most practices that went a full hour, and when I didn't want to play, I would just play for about ten or fifteen minutes a day.
The instrument being practiced is different, but I think I'm seeing the same formula for success and that's practice!
A) How long do you practice?
B) What do you practice?