To conclude this method, I would like to draw attention to a few basic parameters which are essential to the art of playing an instrument:
First and above all, the sound quality. Just like the human voice, the instrumental sound is something very personal, as individual as one’s identity.
To obtain a beautiful sound, the standard and quality of sound should be clearly imagined.
Then, recognize which practice steps are necessary to turn the imaginary into a reality.
The following tasks should be managed simultaneously:
– to play
– to listen
– to analyze
– to compare the resulting sound to the original idea
– to correct
– to anticipate.
Equally important is the art of self-interrogation.
To practice in a productive manner, one should recognize which questions lead to concrete and constructive responses.
The exact goals while working on an exercise should be clear.
There are many options: for example, to improve right or left hand stability; finger flexibility; coordination; corporal endurance, concentration; listening; etc.
These essential reflections for daily practice help in producing efficient practice. They produce the mental clarity to recognize the difference between repeating the same thing continuously, without getting a relevant result, and creating a well-structured and researched practice, with clear overview and control over the exercised elements.
Thank you very much for your attention. It is a pleasure and a privilege to share these ideas and exercises.