How do you Practice?
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Thanks so much for the replies! And Dusty the video is wonderful! I had just started working on scales and this will be a definite help! Strumelia, I have trouble playing with feeling. I try, but it seems to be a rare occasion when I actually "feel" it. Someone told me long ago that you've learned a song once you can play it 3 times through at the correct tempo with no mistakes and that, to me, is becoming very boring and frustrating. Mandy, I'm going to try the index card idea. It sounds fun and I'm sure will definitely break up the monotony! Dusty, I agree with the "don't put the dulcimer down when you're frustrated" theory also. I'd been doing that quite often since after I ran through all the other tunes I'm a bit tired when I start working on the new one. So for now I start out with practicing scales then play just one or two songs I know, then start in on the new one, and finish up with Rosin the Beau or Wildwood Flower, ones that bring me joy and I know that I play pretty well and it really does make a difference when you walk away from it. Thanks again! I wish more people would post how they practice also because the ideas coming in will keep us from being bored for quite some time...lol