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For   t he   w eek   o f:____________________________    
Name:_________________________________________________  
 
Malibu   H igh   S chool   O rchestra   P ractice   C hart  
 
One   n ever   f inds   t ime   t o   p ractice;   o ne   m akes   t ime.     P ractice   i s   a   p rocess—try   t o   e njoy   i t!  
 
Make   t ime   t hree   t imes   e ach   w eek   f or   3 0   m inutes   e ach   t ime   ( minimum).      
Practice   a n   a dditional   3 0   m inutes   f or   e ach   d ay   y ou   m iss   c lass.  
 
The   m ore   e ffective   a nd   f requent   y our   p ractice   i s,   t he   m ore   p rogress   y ou   w ill   m ake!  
 
Day  
Piece(s)  
Passage(s)  
Focus  
Minutes   Signature  
Monday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total   m inutes   t his   w eek:_______  
 
Nails   t rimmed?_______  
(Long   n ails   e ncourage   p oor   t echnique   a nd   d amage   y our   s trings.     T rimming   y our   n ails   a t   l east   t wice   a  
week   i s   b est.)
For   t he   w eek   o f:____________________________    
Name:_________________________________________________  
 
Malibu   H igh   S chool   O rchestra   P ractice   C hart  
 
One   n ever   f inds   t ime   t o   p ractice;   o ne   m akes   t ime.     P ractice   i s   a   p rocess—try   t o   e njoy   i t!  
 
Make   t ime   t hree   t imes   e ach   w eek   f or   3 0   m inutes   e ach   t ime   ( minimum).      
Practice   a n   a dditional   3 0   m inutes   f or   e ach   d ay   y ou   m iss   c lass.  
 
The   m ore   e ffective   a nd   f requent   y our   p ractice   i s,   t he   m ore   p rogress   y ou   w ill   m ake!  
 
Day  
Piece(s)  
Passage(s)  
Focus  
Minutes   Signature  
Monday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total   m inutes   t his   w eek:_______  
 
Nails   t rimmed?_______  
(Long   n ails   e ncourage   p oor   t echnique   a nd   d amage   y our   s trings.     T rimming   y our   n ails   a t   l east   t wice   a  
week   i s   b est.)
Areas of focus and questions to ask yourself
Practice tips:
as you practice:
• Use a metronome
Tone (T)
• Practice slowly so you can hear what
you are doing
Is my bow at the desired contact point?
• Identify weaknesses and focus on
Am I using the right amount of bow?
eliminating them
Am I in the right part of the bow?
• Practice in sections—don’t play the song
Am I using the proper bow speed and weight?
straight through
Do I LIKE how it sounds?
• Practice fast passages at full tempo first
Am I using a correct bow hold?
in small chunks, then in larger chunks
Am I doing the correct bowings?
• Remember that practice doesn’t make
perfect; it makes permanent. Be sure
Intonation (I)
you are practicing carefully!
What key am I in?
Extra considerations:
What are my accidentals?
Is my posture helping or hindering my finger
• The people who practice the best end up
position/intonation?
playing the best. Be one of them!
Where are my half steps in this key?
• Set a practice schedule and stick to it. It
Where are my half steps in this measure?
will be less frustrating than trying to find
time one day at a time.
Fingering (F)
• Remember that starting your practice
session is usually the hardest part—it
Am I doing the fingerings that are printed?
gets easier once you actually start
Am I using the best fingerings?
playing.
Am I using fingerings that minimize string
• Be OK with sounding terrible at first—
crossings?
it’s first stepping-stone on the path to
Am I using fingerings that sound good?
doing something well.
• You don’t have to be the best player in
Rhythm (R)/Tempo
the class at the end of your practice—
What is my time signature?
just be better than when you started.
Is my pulse steady?
Am I subdividing?
Am I going the correct tempo?
Expression (E)
Where does the phrase begin and end?
Where is the top of the phrase?
Am I using vibrato where I can?
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