One of the cello teachers recently registered with us has written insightfully about the ‘practice frame of mind’. In her article, she writes, ‘BE SLOW! There’s slow food, so perhaps there should be slow practice’.
Modern life can fool us into thinking that everything done at a fast pace is necessarily better. However, this simply doesn’t work when learning a skill. Sometimes things have to be slowed right down.
Good practice seems to occur when we are in a relaxed or even tired state. As the cellist and author of this article states, ‘It sounds counter-intuitive but being on ‘high alert’ is not always good for learning and improvement’.