This episode is going to show you the secret to perfect technique. No seriously, this episode WILL show you everything you need to know to achieve the true heights of technique on whatever instrument you play. The question is, are you willing to put the time in that’s necessary for this system? This is something that was shown to me by a teacher a long time ago and I’ve recently been using it a lot in my practicing.
The results are nothing short of incredible if you do it the prescribed way I’m going to lay it out for you. This will get you deeper into the technique of your instrument than anything else will. Ever.
Good luck and I’ll see you on the other side with that perfect technique you’ve always been searching for.
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A question.. when you say you are playing 8th notes. Is that 8 notes per beat, or just short notes?
or something else?
actually, I think I have found the answer:
One effective practice technique is to isolate a challenging passage from your repertoire and identify the shortest note value (eighth, sixteenth, thirty-second, etc…) in the passage. Once you have identified the shortest note value, set your metronome to 60 bpm and practice through the passage with the shortest note value equal to 60 bpm.
For example, if the shortest note value is a sixteenth note then practice the passage so that every sixteenth note receives one beat, every eighth note receives two beats, every quarter note receives four beats, etc… If the shortest note value is an eighth note, then practice through the passage so that every eighth note receives one beat, every quarter note receives two beats, etc…
I love this! You’ve done exactly what I hope all the listeners do, take and idea and find your own way to get the most out of it. Fantastic!
Please credit me with coming up with this. I merely went looking on the internet and found another version of your practice technique that described the timings that I was confused about.
Thank you for this episode though, it is the one that I have spent the most time on. It is great to be able to sit down with whatever small amount of time I have available and make some measurable progress with something, even if it is just a few 2 BPM increments.
Thanks also for the tip about Jacob Collier in a previous episode. If you havn’t already perhaps you could unpack some of the ideas about the moods or emotions created when moving between chords or in specific directions. IF you have already then I will eventually find it as I go through the back episodes.