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Sonia Lancaster
Hello
I have recently done my grade 6 Violin (still awaiting the result). For good or bad, I am starting on the AMEB grade 7 syllabus. I have to do a study and think I will do Kaysers Allegro con  fuoco No 35 from studies Op. 20. This is a longer piece than Iíve done before, running to 4 pages. My question is what is the best approach to learning? Do I do 1 page at a time, learning to play it well, then move on to the next. Or do I start at the beginning and do the whole lot. The only issue with the whole lot, is I think I need to know the notes pretty well before I can speed it up and learning 4 pages at once is a lot to remember.
Do you have any strategies?

Thanks
Sonia
Sonia Lancaster
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Posted: December 6, 2017
Last Comment: December 7, 2017
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Sonia Lancaster
Posted: December 7, 2017
Thanks Ayoub and Beth. Beth, that advice is invaluable, Iíve never heard it before but really appeals to my logical brain. Thank you :)

Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 7, 2017
Sonia, Go through the piece and circle spots that are difficult because processing the notes or rhythms cause you to hesitate. Mark those spots with an M

Then go through and circle spots that are physically challenging, like: it's difficult to move the fingers fast enough, or you regularly miss a shift. Mark those with a P

Then the spots you mark with a P need to be practiced for very short periods of time very often. These spots require lots of repetitions (with breaks) to build new synapses. Do one minute per spot, 10 times a day (if at all possible). 

The ones marked M need only a few very long sessions of focus where you wrap your head around what is required of you cognitively. Map out the notes on the fingerboard so that you understand finger patterns, spacing, etc. Clap and sing the rhythms without the violin to learn timings. Once you completely understand these sections, they won't need as much practice as the "P" sections.

 

Ayoub
Posted: December 7, 2017
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This video helped me a lot and i think it will help you too :)

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: December 7, 2017
Thanks Diane, I will certainly try that.

Sonia

Dianne
Posted: December 6, 2017
Studying a Long Piece
Hi Sonia, I found this resource to be valuable for approaching long pieces such as you describe, but it can be applied to any piece. Basically break the piece into sections, manage the time spent on each in the practice session (timer), and hit one "thing" as it appears throughout that section in each session. I think that third step, although the thinking behind it sounds greatly efficient, could be changed to working measure by measure if that works better for someone.

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: December 6, 2017
PS I donít need to memorise the music