Let’s take this a step further. To make the most progress, it’s essential to find interest in doing whatever needs to be done. Too often, amateur players see practice as doing whatever they like, and too often they like the wrong things. They’re caught up in pretending to play. Stuff they can’t do is pushed to the back burner, or ignored entirely. Hey, this is a hobby, and hobbies are supposed to be fun. If something is hard, then it’s not fun. That’s just an ineffective attitude.Nick Cutroneo wrote:A mistake is making this as an either/or choice. No matter how much time you practice for, strive to devote 1/4-1/2 of your practice time to working on your technique. Depending on what you are working on and how much time you have it's easier said than done. But never negate your technique practice. It'll only come back and bite you in the end.
I can totally relate to that experience. The first piece I learned after almost 20yrs was El noi de la mare. A piece I liked but considered way below my level. (I guess I was ignorant) Anyway, there is a lot more to music than technique. You have to record yourself to really know how you sound. Bring out the melody, balancing accompaniment. You have to know exactly what you want for every single note.CarmineDeMarco wrote: ↑Mon May 06, 2019 10:31 pmI can totally relate to your situation. When I was in music school, I was very technique-centric. My daily routine was typically 3-4 hours of practice, consisting of 1 hour of scales, 1 hour of technical etudes, and 1-2 hours of music. However, on days when I would practice more than 4 hours (which was often), that additional time was always spent working on pieces. I guess at that time, I did need to focus on my technique in order to have the overall technical proficiency to play some of the pieces I was playing. But now 35 years later, and having picked up the guitar again, for me it's all about playing things that I enjoy playing, that give me pleasure. I'm content to gradually relearn my old repertoire and rebuild my technical ability back toward where they once were; but it will never be that again (until I'm in retirement maybe), as I simply don't have that amount of free time to dedicate. Hence, my focus now on playing pieces that move me, regardless of their level of difficulty, and with which I will be able to express to listeners. At the same time, I've become very open to randomly and spontaneously learning new pieces, not quite so technically demanding but rather which I can quickly and easily learn - and then enjoy the PLAYING of. My focus on strictly technique is pretty much limited to weekends: I'll do scales with the metronome and concentrate on one (only one) etude with metronome. During the week, I may take sections of pieces I'm working on and isolate them out using the metronome. But I'm not the obsessed technique person I once was; it doesn't fit who I am now. Best wishes.