Technique is often the most practiced skill for young musicians. Many musicians practice it inefficiently, though, which can lead to frustration.
Often heard complaints in the practice room include “Why can’t I get this passage up to speed?” or “I can never seem to play this section without mistakes.”
These complaints can be largely resolved by practicing small groups of notes at a time. This way of practicing is not often taught to students, but it can resolve just about every technical complaint quickly.
If you’ve always struggled with technical passages, or your students have a hard time with them, read on.