The next time you have a student or an entire ensemble continually stumble on one note when playing a run or fast passage, try this. Have them hold that “bad” note. Then have them start on that note and continue the passage until it is firmly corrected. Next, have them play the passage starting from the note before that “bad” note. Continue to add one note at a time before what was the problem spot until they are playing the passage from well before what was that problem spot. Doing this slowly, and securely, then speeding it up should help establish new habit patterns and the kinesthetic memory to ensure success.
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
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