Practice Tips and Expectations

"Orchakitty's 4 Practice Tips"

1. Practice the Melodies

2. Practice the Difficult Passages.

3. Practice the Shifts

4. Practice the Awkward Bowings.


* Check Dashboard!! Prepare what dashboard tells you to prepare and you will be in great shape.

* If you are having a hard time with a passage, try

* Air or Shoulder Bowing

* Plucking the part, then bowing it

* Clapping the Rhythm of the Part

* Pulling up the recording (on this website) and listening. Then, try playing along.

* Practice in front of a mirror! Make sure you are set up correctly as the way you are sitting may be making it more difficult to play correctly.

"Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect."

- Vince Lombardi

Practice MUST-HAVE's

1- A quality working instrument, rosin, sheet music, and books.

2- A quiet & consistent place and time of day for practice - routine is imperative.

3- A music stand. Even a simple wire stand is fine, but a music stand is a must.

4- A pencil. This can be used to mark problematic fingerings, bowings, or just general reminders in the music.

Practice GOOD TO HAVE's

1- SMARTMUSIC! Please visit www.smartmusic.comto find out more information. This is a worthwhile investment and the annual subscription is less than most common monthly bills!

2- A metronome. There are many decent metronomes that can be downloaded from a smartphone app store, they can also be found online, or you can go the traditional route and buy a dedicated electronic metronome. These are very important in helping your child development steady tempo.

3- Supplemental lessons with a professional string player in the area. Please contact me if you have further questions regarding this.

4- A practical pal - when you get together with friends, get your instruments out once in a while and play your music!

Practice Expectations

  • Practice is homework for instrumental music. It is no different in any discernible sense. Homework needs to be completed nightly.
  • Students must practice on nights they have homework. Typically this is Monday - Thursday. Again, simply treat it as part of homework.
  • Students are expected to practice at least 40 minutes a week.
  • Students can practice longer if they wish - a good parallel is reading. You would certainly encourage a child to read more if they chose to do so. After all lesson assignments are completed, students are of course encouraged to play more if they wish.