“Until it’s comfortable” Benny Greb
Practice tip #1
How many times do I need to repeat a passage?
“Until it’s comfortable” Benny Greb, expert practicer
Most students practice until they get it. Professionals practice until it’s comfortable. I buy that.
Practice tip #2
Why is proper fingering so important?
“Under pressure, a performance, one does not want to train the brain with ineffective or multiple choices of fingering in difficult passages. Under stress the brain will have to decide. It might pick the poor fingering pattern and BOOM! a mistake happens.”
So, when learning, take extra care to follow the fingering in the early stages of learning. Don’t give yourself an unnecessary handicap of poor fingering options.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.