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PRACTICE TIPS #34: Practicing in Sections, part 3: Quiz Time!  Brent Hugh
 Sep 21, 2000 20:44 PDT 
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PRACTICE TIPS #34: Practicing in Sections, part 3: Quiz Time!

In the previous two issues of Practice Tips, I have been talking about how
to practice in sections, which should be the primary practice method you use.

Now it's time for a little quiz to see how much you remember. First try to
answer the questions without looking at your old issues of Practice
Tips. If you try and still can't remember the answer(s), then go back and
re-read the last two issues, then try again.

[NOTE TO MY OWN STUDENTS: Yes, I do expect you to answer the quiz and email
me your answers. Yes, it will count as part of your grade.

NOTE TO THOSE WHO AREN'T MY STUDENTS: I'd love to receive your answers,
too, and if it helps to pretend like it will count as part of your grade,
please do . . . ]

Quiz Questions

   1. What is the *minimum* standard you should use in deciding whether you
have played a particular section perfectly (Hint: There are 3 items that
*must be* correct.)

   2. Approximately how much time should you spend practicing one practice
section before moving on to a new section?

   3. What is the most common mistake students make when dividing their
pieces into practice sections?

   4. Why is this (mistake referred to in question #3) such a bad
mistake? What "bad things" will happen if you make this mistake (or "good
things" happen if you *don't* make the mistake)?

Happy Practicing!


PRACTICE TIPS is by pianist, teacher, composer, and internet nerd
Brent Hugh. Brent knows about practicing mostly because he *does*
it, and in fact is toddling off to do some of it just about now . . .

Please remember that this tip is but a small spot near the tip of the
elephant's trunk--it's not even close to the whole elephant that is
"how everyone in the whole world should practice the piano".

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