Yesterday we discussed the first tip, Fight now.

I summarized it as:

I need to get to work right away.  It doesn't matter where in the match I am.  It is obviously best if I start fighting at the beginning, but no matter where I am starting to fight now is essential.

Yesterday we decided that it only made sense to get started right away.  Did you pick a goal?  Did you get started on it?

If you're like me, you probably picked a goal.  But if you are like me, you started a plan to make progress but probably didn't do much more than plan something.  Maybe you set out a timeline in your head.  Maybe you looked at some background information on the piece or the composer.  Maybe you listened to a recording of the piece.  Maybe you even picked up your instrument and played the first couple lines but put it away because things didn't sound or feel quite right . . . and besides, the practice time was just about over by then.  "I'll get started on it tomorrow when I am fresh!"

I've done them all.  The only thing that works is actually DOING something with the piece.  Look at where you are, pick a passage and set out to work on it.  Don't look at the piece as a whole.  Look at the ten measures that you picked out, decide what you need to do and put bow to string!

And remember what I have told you before, if it sounds right you've probably picked the wrong part to work on.  Practices are supposed to sound bad!  You're working on the bad sounds now so that they will sound good later!
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Today's Tip in a Nutshell:
 
Practice Now. If You Haven't Put Bow to String
  You Haven't Really Started!
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