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  • Practice philosophy

    Posted by Timbothirroul on November 7, 2022 at 2:08 am


    I was encouraged when I was a kid playing piano to never let a mistake go by. The cardinal sin was to make a mistake, go back, play it again and move on.

    Instead the idea was to lay a correct base without mistakes before getting faster or adding nuances.

    If mistakes were made I would go over the part in question until I got it right and then start from the beginning.

    I was encouraged to slow a piece down if mistakes were constantly being made. Then gradually speed up.

    I was also encouraged to work on the section that was causing the difficulty and not keep playing the part that I already had down.

    Do you all have a similar approach? I am interested to know how you tackle the issue.


    GerryB56 replied 1 year, 5 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • HowardM

    November 7, 2022 at 3:46 am

    That was an interesting observation and one I will give long thought to. I am a process-based person, and my main mantra is slow and repeat. I am not interested in the speed or how long it takes me to complete the lesson, but rather in the conceptual understanding of the material. If I understand the concepts and theory presented, I am satisfied and happy with the process. Guitar, to me, is a life journey and I try to learn something new each day. The older I get the more I cling to learning new things each day. I am sorry I went on so, but your approach made me think, I thank you.

  • GerryB56

    November 7, 2022 at 7:43 am

    That’s a very interesting question! I’m kind of divided on it – on the one hand, it makes sense to get each part down correctly before moving on, or you risk ingraining the wrong pattern. But on the other hand, sometimes if a particular sequence is just not working, maybe it helps to move on to stuff that comes a little easier? Otherwise frustration sets in for me. I’d far rather play 5 songs 90% correctly than play one 100%. With all the knowledge I’m gaining from FBW these days, I’m hoping to be able to improvise my way through the hard parts on occasion😁

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