Always go back to basics!
Putting down some thoughts as I go through another month of practice. Fortunately, I've been able to line up some performances as the number of COVID cases have been holding steady.
With numerous pieces that require preparation, it's so easy to get complacent and settle for less than satisfactory work. But as always, staying disciplined is easier said than done.
However, solutions can be as easy as putting on the metronome and doing some scales. Of course, you need to be honest with yourself. Putting on the metronome but not following it is not just pointless, but rather distracting. Recalibrating your fingers and ears work wonders for your overall productivity. I always find myself working faster and more focused once I truly get my mechanics in shape.
The other big part that I always find myself forgetting is patience. When there are 5 things that need to be learnt by the end of the month, it's important to not get flustered in the first 2 weeks. Muscles need time to learn such detailed actions, and ears need time to be able to pick up on small nuances.
If you happen to be reading this, I pray that the intonation gods be with you.
That's all for now! Happy practicing everyone!