Practice technique reminders: specific ways to learn a piece
-Warm up well and then play the new music slowly and deliberately.
Change ONLY the tempo.
-Play with sensitivity, good dynamics, proper phrasing.
-Be a storyteller. Focus, and play as well as you can every time.
-If there are issues with slow playing, such as “ghosting” or “air-balling” notes, try playing passages more quickly to feel how the air should flow.
-If you do make a mistake, use this approach in solving the issue. Ask yourself these questions: What happened? Where did it happen? Why did it happen? How do I fix it? (As an example: What happened: I played the rhythm incorrectly. Where did it happen: Two bars before letter I. Why did it happen? I wasn't looking ahead, or--I didn't understand the rhythmic figure. How Do I Fix it: I'll practice that measure with a metronome slowly and subdivide until I understand it and then will gradually speed up to the tempo marked)