Last year I saw world famous classical double bassist, Alex Hanna, give a masterclass, and he described how he practiced.
His exact words were, “Excruciatingly slow.“
In going excruciatingly slow he is aware of every minute nuance, and can easily make adjustments where needed. Only in excruciatingly slow can he uncover problems and correct them before they become bigger issues.
The next time you practice slowly, consider practicing excruciatingly slow. It is what sets the world-class performers of any instrument apart. If you have the patience for it, you’ll be amazed at what you can learn without the help of a teacher.
I would love to hear about what you learn.