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Don't Practice Stopping

Don’t practice stopping. If you stop every time you make a mistake you are actually practicing stopping. Of course we all want to fix our problems but if you stop every time you miss a note it will be difficult to develop musical continuity and accuracy. Learn to play through the mistake. By keeping the flow of the musical line going you will increase your accuracy and musicality. Of course this doesn’t mean that you ignore mistakes, you must fix them. Ok, so you’ve worked on your phrase, piece or excerpt, now play it without stopping even if you make a mistake. Then go back; isolate the problem parts and work on them.  Then play the phrase again without stopping.  Repeat the process. As you learn to play without stopping you will eventually make far less mistakes and far more music. This technique will also help a great deal with performance concentration.

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