chapter  3
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Hands-On Overview: Part I

The definition of practice = ACCURATE REPETITION. Develop your teaching skills while practicing: Observe, Analyze and Critique your performance.

1. Visual analysis-use a mirror often and check:

• embouchure appearance

• hand position/guide position (keep fingers close to the keys)

• body position (practice standing and sitting)

2. Aural analysis-listen carefully and check:

• tone quality

• articulation (attack and release)

• intonation (use a tuner for aural reference)

• expression

Practicing the Student/Teacher Duets (see pp. 187-213) with an advanced player will assist in the development of one’s skills in aural analysis.