What To Practice When You're Not Practicing Repertoire

What To Practice When You're Not Practicing Repertoire

Pre-audition practice techniques.

Monica Curro
Melbourne, Australia

What To Practice When You're Not Practicing Repertoire

Pre-audition practice techniques.

Question: 

I am hoping to attend the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music next year on violin, should my audition be successful, and the pieces I am playing are the same as my VCE Music program, so I'm feeling pretty confident with them. I'm worried about over practicing the rep though, between preparation for my exam and the audition, and I was wondering if there was any practice techniques, or technical studies that you think would be good to keep practicing technique without overdoing my pieces?

Answer: 

Yes for sure! Carl Flesch scales and arpeggios every day if you don't do that already. Choose the keys that relate to your pieces and that will really back them up and make your pieces feel much easier, without feeling like you are playing them to death. I also like Schradieck every day - it's not too hard but very good for facility and feeling muscular. Like training for a race. Then you should listen to your pieces while looking at the score - the whole score, not just the violin part - there are so many different recordings on YouTube alone - and you may get some really good ideas of interpretation which could freshen them up too....it's very important to listen to the work as a whole and not just practise the violin part by itself. The piano part will have a great deal to do with how you should play your part. Good luck!