Hi Robin,Robin wrote: ↑Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:55 amHi Niederschrift,
As already mentioned, be acutely aware of tension in your right hand. It's important to have an internal awareness of what your hand feels like completely relaxed so that you can notice when tension builds and how it is affecting your development of speed.
I think there is value in using progressive exercises such as Giuliani, Carlevaro, Iznaola, etc because they are predictable and you can more easily assess which finger/finger pattern is problematic along the way. I would say it's also important to work on applying these skills to your chosen repertoire to assess the response of your skills in a more unpredictable setting.
Working exercises or short repertoire sections in dotted rhythms is helpful to increase your tempo painlessly. Using a metronome, take an exercise pattern or a manageable small section (take it down to one beat if needed), first play it with a long - short pattern until it runs smoothly, then reverse the pattern to short - long, playing once again until it runs smooth. Then play it as written. You should notice an ease that wasn't present prior to your dotted rhythm practice. Continue to work your way up with the metronome to get closer to your goal.
Another way to practice is speed bursts. Take an exercise pattern or a manageable repertoire section. Play the chosen section two times slow, one time double time and repeat the cycle until it feels smooth. Gradually work your way up the metronome settings toward your goal. Again, when you return back to the context of the exercise, you should notice more ease and confidence in your skill.
Best of luck in reaching your goals!
Disclaimer: I don't take credit for these speed building techniques. All credit goes to both of my teachers who used these techniques to help me to reach my goals.
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