Practice Tools ­ Anywhere Anytime

  • Metronome Work
    • Slow “practice tempo”
    • Acceleration
    • Performance Tempo
  • Isolate Bow techniques
    • Open Strings
    • Air­bowing
  • Isolate Left­hand techniques
    • Finger tapping
    • Partners (home coach operates the bow)
  • Slow practice
  • Count and Clap Rhythm
  • Identify Note Names
  • Repetition
  • Add a Note (working from either front end or back end of passage)
  • Stop&Prepare or Stop&Speak
  • Target Practice
  • Bits and Pieces
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Exaggerated Dynamics/opposite dynamics
  • Sing
  • Mental Practice
  • Play­through…possibly with a recording (to identify practice targets)
  • Create and watch a recording of yourself
  • Listen to a recording (or 2 or 3!) while watching sheet music
  • Play with your eyes closed
  • Pull passages out of a hat
  • Work backwards from the end of the piece
  • Work outwards from the middle
  • Rhythm variations
  • Bowing variations
  • Research composer, time period, and other artists of that time / style
  • Listen to other works by the same composer