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 Interleaved Practice
Author: jeeves 
Date:   2019-12-04 07:35

I've read articles like this about the benefits of interleaved practice: https://bulletproofmusician.com/struggling-to-get-a-tricky-passage-up-to-tempo-try-this-clever-practice-technique/
tl;dr is that instead of doing 20 mins of A, 20 mins of B, 20 mins of C, maybe you would do 5 mins of each and then repeat that cycle 4 times.

Does anyone here use interleaved practice or some other unconventional practice schedule? If you used interleaved practice, how do you schedule your practice (i.e. what do you interleave, and how long are your blocks)?



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 Re: Interleaved Practice
Author: Juanzen 
Date:   2019-12-04 10:25

Reading the article seems I was taught interleaved practice as kid without me knowing, I always do this sort of thing with difficult passages, group notes or make it so I play even notes and dont play odd notes or just play the passage "swing" instead of straight. Doing this allows me to more comfortably raise the tempo sometimes.

You always have to grind with a metronome though, this is complementary practice, I always need to learn to play the passage properly at a given tempo.

This kind of stuff just gets me through the last couple of bpm marks till I can reach a bit over in tempo, I always make myself able to play passages slightly faster than "in tempo"


I dont use any special scheduling, I just use it if I find myself stuck at a given tempo.

those days I feel like I cant play anything I just apply what pahud said in one of his masterclasses, just do the whole piece super slow, if you mess up go right back to the start, you will learn to focus properly by doing this.



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 Re: Interleaved Practice
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-12-04 16:35

Thank you for posting the link to the "speed" vs accuracy" article and video. I was initially resistant to the article but the video made the concept for musicianship much more clear.


I'm not sure if it relates well to your question though. In answer to that, I would say mixing things up keeps you interested rather than getting stuck doing one way. Just like the "speed/accuracy" thing, you want to encourage flexibility.


It can be a challenge though if you find yourself short on time. I tend to beat down the fundamentals if only left with minimal time in a given day. And that can become a trap too. You just have to be able to avoid those pitfalls.






.................Paul Aviles



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 Re: Interleaved Practice
Author: jeeves 
Date:   2019-12-04 20:24

Sorry, I just realized I posted the wrong article >.<
This is the right one: https://bulletproofmusician.com/why-the-progress-in-the-practice-room-seems-to-disappear-overnight/

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 Re: Interleaved Practice
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-12-04 21:55

Well.........I like the video from the first article MUCH better. At some point you need to address playing notes correctly such as the "group of three notes" (first and last long, middle one short almost not heard).



The baseball batter analogy makes my point even better. GREAT hitters only hit the pitches thrown at them one third of the time. If you played to the standard in an audition you'd be dismissed.








...............Paul Aviles



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 Re: Interleaved Practice
Author: nellsonic 
Date:   2019-12-07 05:16

I haven't reviewed the links, but yes, I use interleaved practicing sometimes. It's been very effective and efficient, but I don't really enjoy it in it's full application. I mostly use it if I'm under time pressure to get something learned.

I use a lighter form of it more often - if I have several technical passages within a piece that need work, I'll rotate at intervals as small as one time through each passage, applying whatever practice methods or metronome speeds I'm using that day. This can be fun especially with similar passages. I had a student do this recently with the three downward triplet runs in the last movement of the Saint-Saens, increasing the metronome slightly each time they moved to a new passage. It got the job done and the work held over time.

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