Focusing on a Certain Note
I’ve started to do something that I think might become a “best practice” for me.
When I play a piece from my method book and a note is problematic — say it warbles in beat 4 of measure 7 — I’ll make that note my focus as I play the piece again. Every time it happens I think about not warbling on that note. Or the problem might be intonation, in which case I’d listen and adjust every time the note went by. It’s a way to focus my attention without limiting my practice session to just playing one note. Often the context contributes to the problem anyway, so I have to recreate the context in order to work on the problem.