When the teacher has to practice…

I spoke to a colleague of mine the other day who at the moment is practicing a really fast tune on her instrument that she hasn’t played in ten years. The tune that is, not the instrument.

It’s funny – as a professional musician, you may find that the majority of the music you are asked to play is well within your capability, but every so often something comes along that challenges you technically.

And when this happens it feels like being a student all over again.

And so – if you are a professional musician who also teaches then you may find yourself following (and therefore testing) the advice that you give students all the time.

  • Play the difficult passages slowly and repeatedly; only then speed up.
  • Work out a fingering pattern and stick to it.
  • Know the music really well in your head.
  • Learn the music technically before you try and mess around with it.
  • Enjoy the challenge.

And do you know what?

It works.

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