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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Oct 21, 2022

Several studies show the benefits of interspersing breaks into your practice blocks.  A 2021 publication offers a fun new way to experiment with breaks.

Here’s how you can apply this in your practice.

Listen and try at home this week:

🔹 Practice a passage for 10-30 seconds (or for a set number of repetitions)
🔹 Rest for 10 seconds – breathe and release physical tension. Don’t focus on anything. Just chill and let your mind drift!
🔹 Continue alternating practice and rest segments until you feel you’ve completed your work with the passage or the time you allotted for it is over.
🔹 Assess your progress.

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme:  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who makes this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you!