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Suzanne Cox
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There is a lot to be said for “mental” practice. When I was in college, many of my fellow violinists struggled with tendonitis. They would go in the practice room for their practice session and “think” through their music because they were in no condition to play more than 5 minutes at a time. Much can be accomplished just by thinking about the notes, patterns, timing, style, etc. In orchestra rehearsals I’ve had conductors stop and ask everyone to just look at the troublesome measure for 30 seconds before trying to play again. It works every time! We don’t consider this as an option for practicing, but if we are truly focused on our music, mental practice can be very effective.

Suzanne from Violin Tutor Pro