On practice

As with all learning, avoid errors, practice very slowly. You only get to move quickly through any passage by learning to move very slowly, very accurately. NEVER try to increase your speed except in very small increments as you master their performance at the slower speed. NEVER. It’s a total waste of time; worse, you’ll just make many difficult-to-correct errors whenever you do that. Everyone has the tendency to try to move faster, and this must be rigorously resisted in the interests of speedy and smoothly learning. Only seasoned musicians come to develop that control as a routine aspect of their practicing, and you have no idea how rapidly you can progress if you try to inculcate this maxim from the very outset. — David Sudnow


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