Champagne Violin

Practice Routine.

The most popular dilemma for most musicians, what’s the right way to practice. I have no answer that fits after 10 years, but maybe sharing my routine will give you some insight This is what I found that worked FOR ME. I spent so much time trying to practice a certain way when I used to be around a certain musical crowd. I figured it waseasier for me to practice like them. Stupidest decision ever. From my time with Vivaldi (my Violin who I will no longer introduce. We’ll just call him Vivaldi) has been spent just working within a schedule we can manage. 1. Warm up It’s important to get your mind and body ready for practice. Warm up for me is a mental and physical process. The first step of my warm up, is to listen to some instrumental music. My go to usually tends to be Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. It’s important to get in the right frame of mind for me, and this song ALWAYS gets me in the mood. I also listen to some popular music covers. Though we place a lot of emphasis on physical technique, it’s important to remember that listening another important part of playing music. You can’t play something you can’t hear..Unless you’re Beethoven. The second part of my warm up involves bow exercises. I use one from I learnt from my early Violin days and I stuck to it 2. Scales This is the backbone of my practice. I would rather skip everything else, repertoire and all and just do scales. Scales are patterns, and that’s exactly what music is. Patterns. I hated scales. Kwanza a three octave. Catch me DEAD! πŸ’€ but now, it’s what I run to. I am never ashamed to say I spend some practice days nailing a scale as easy as C major in one octave (I can see the classical music snobs scowl in disapproval) but, it has saved me chest pains. Also when I want to improvise( which eh, in a musicians life is as regular as breathing). Knowing my scales makes playing generally more pleasant. 3. Sight Reading Lol, at this point of my musical journey I struggle with sight reading. Like fam why you got out so many damn accidentals! Ugh. I struggle with this one, no lie. But as of right now, in sight reading from former ABRSM books from as early as grade 3 to as wild as grade 7. It’s important for me to counter new things and sight reading shows you TINGS! 4. Technical Exercises Now, you can never put a price in good technique. This is the second least fun if practice right now because I feel like I can never get it right. 5a. Repertoire I split how I look at my repertoire. I like to have time to focus on various compartments of music that make me, me. In this section I focus on classical repertoire. I’m looking at Air in G by Bach right now. How I work is I look at the music bar by bar. No pressure. I also practice under tempo. Start slow then build up. Start at a slowe tempo and build b. Pop repertoire My advice, find what works for you and go with it. We’re all such diverse musicians and growing up a classical musician, I used to think everyone who doesn’t fit in my box wasn’t good enough ( lol yes there are people who think that) but, we thank God for exposure. Whatever your instrument whether you’re classical trained or not, all you have to do is pick up your baby and practice. And watch your world change Love always πŸ’‹ K