I read “ Debunking the 10,000 hours rule “ after my previous lesson learned. My previous lesson learned said about not working hard. The working hard part is broken into small steps taken one at a time to overcome the hardness of the work. This works for people who are ready to be steady and commit themslelves to the small steps. The variety, in nature, of the behaviour of humans has also examples of those who come up with greatness once in a while. People who find shortcuts, whatever the height of task. The principle of least effort by Deepak Chopra also says something similar. The way a student learns to play the violin, to achieve some level of proficiency, is completely depended on his responsibility, openness to learn, patience and practice. In this lesson of practice there could be continuous effort put to overcome a difficult piece of score. There is another way too. Which is upheld as superior by my master. He says Quality practice is better than general practice. The emphasize on quality would decrease the time needed for regular practice, this gives better results and more time for other activities.
Rote learning is one thing, Mechanical learning is another. There is no coercion on mechanical learning. It is like a cycle knows the best way to tackle the hurdles of potholes and bumps on the road even before the conscious mind takes over the analysis of data processing. This is mechanical learning which repetitive practice tries to achieve. This is a state where the focus is no other things than the work at hand, viz. playing the violin. Short duration practice on quality does not assure the proficiency of mechanical learning. This automated form is avoided for fine tuning the sophisticated patterns of notes. This also demands the complete presence of mind duration presentation of a piece of music. The benefits includes keeping mind easy on the toughest portions of the music. This allows for enjoying the performance without tensions on quality being presented. Finally, good music comes from both quality of practice and quantity of practice. There are sections which need either one or both. A good player, knows which way to go.
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- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 1 : Do not think ! - After learning some basic notes on the staves I was told to know it by heart. I had to memorize it, and then tell when I see a note. I used to count, say memorizing only the first not in space , the “F” on Treble clef. From there on I would count and then […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 2 : Don’t work hard - The power of doing work is a single most important criteria that distinguishes a human as a social animal compared to others. The collective and individual efforts towards a work makes one understand the minute and the big picture at the same time. All work is not easy. It is also possible that some workaholics […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 3 : Emphasize on Quality of Practice - I read “ Debunking the 10,000 hours rule “ after my previous lesson learned. My previous lesson learned said about not working hard. The working hard part is broken into small steps taken one at a time to overcome the hardness of the work. This works for people who are ready to be steady and […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 4 : Don’t tap your foot out loud. Focus on what you play. - In violin class I have been taught to keep the rhythm of the song by tapping with the foot. The human metronome works parallel to the song being played. Often we have to shift attention from the song and listen to see if the rhythm and beat is correct per bar. This shift in attention […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 5 : Practice till perfection - Practice, practice, practice. Quantity and Quality all matters. Playing any musical instrument is all about practice. It is all the more true for the violin. As a student I have to practice. I know I can. I know I will. But how much ? Till my hands ache ? Till I feel it is enough […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 6: Health conscious practicing - If there is one thing in life,that is more dearer than the life itself, it is health. Life without good health is a misery. And life is maintained through good health. Longevity of life, if one wishes it, is not very pleasant without an accompanying good health. A good marriage between health and life makes […]
- Life Lessons from violin class : Lesson 7: Start slowly grasp quickly - The v.v. age old saying goes an umpteenth time to say ” Slow and Steady wins the race” . This is because it is true. But the beauty of the truth lies in experiencing it in action. As with violin or any musical instrument, the beginning is really very slow. It is expected to be […]