Is Slow Practice Really Necessary? — The Bulletproof Musician

Is Slow Practice Really Necessary? — The Bulletproof Musician.

A really interesting blog. Have a look also at the entry on mental practice.

Slow practice can be really problematic for string players. The use of the bow is completely different, we end up practicing the coordination of bow and string changes in completely the wrong part of the bow for example – and anything that needs the bow to leave the string is also very different. But if you accept its limitations, by finding other ways to tackle those issues, then there is no doubt that slow practice is the single most important practice method on offer for us. Just remember not to start thinking about what to have for tea…

2 thoughts on “Is Slow Practice Really Necessary? — The Bulletproof Musician

  1. This is interesting as I conduct a youth orchestra with players aged about 10-14/15. Would slow practice for the string section with the left hand only be acceptable? I sometimes get the strings to play slowly where the intonation is difficult or where they are attempting a new fingering (usually to avoid an open string). However, this is usually done ‘note by note’ and with separate bows. Also we have been known to practice bowing patterns on one note, but up to speed.

    • Not sure! It will help them learn the pattern. You could go step further, I have never tried “mental practice” with a section, but it would be worth trying, at the very least you are pointing them in the direction of a useful tool. Ask them to go through it in their heads only, without moving fingers, “hearing” it with perfect intonation, sound quality, phrasing and ensemble.

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