Those are great tips Dianne!! Just a couple of weeks ago for the first time I tried to practice a fast/difficult passage using the process you described here too: play it as dotted 8th + 16th, and 16th + dotted 8th patterns. I had never tried that before and I thought how is this gonna help me? I tried it and even after only a couple of minutes I could play the passage much faster with the correct intonation.I repeated it a couple of days and then it just became easy. 🙂 It’s amazing!!