Yesterday we were talking about fighting the smart fight.  We said:

1.  Slow and patient is better than quick and sloppy.
2.  Don't try to do too much at once.
3.  When you know the right method to use, stick to it.  Fingerings and bowings, once proven good should not be changed while you are still learning the piece.
Today let's talk about the next element of fighting the smart fight or having a smart practice.


4.  If you are making a mistake, your first step to correcting it should be to understand why you made the mistake . . . not to simply correct the fingering or bowing.

Was there a key change that you missed?  If so, that f-sharp you played instead of the f-natural will be a mistake again two measures down the line.  Are you shifting at an awkward time?  You'll do it again when the piece repeats and you come to the phrase again!  Is the fingering clumsy?  Fighting your way through and simply forcing your fingers into a tough position will just mess you up two notes later in a place that you've always played correctly before because now you are out of position to play that phrase. 

Understand what you are doing wrong and why you are doing it.  That will allow you to correct it in a way that will enhance the entire piece rather than just get you through the measure.
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Know why you did what you did, then think
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