Let's Play Violin! has lots of different ways it can help your practice. You've tried out its features, but are wondering what's the best way to incorporate it into your practice?
Let's say you've got 15 minutes to practise. Try this:
1. Warm up
Most teachers say it's a great idea to get your fingers and body warmed up before playing pieces. Let's Play Violin! has got lots of scales and arpeggios to help you start your practice gently.
- Pick a scale you know well from the library (choose Associated Board or Trinity collections), then see how good you can get by using our visual feedback and listen-back functions to help you. See how good you can make it with five attempts. Remember to stand up straight and hold you bow arm as your teacher told you!
2. Practice your pieces
It's often a good idea to start with your best piece first of all, to enable you to get straight into making a good sound.
Pick your favourite piece from the music library, and start by practising the whole piece along with the app to see what needs the most work. When you see the feedback screen, find which section has the most red/orange sections. Then use our 'Sections' feature to work on just this passage.
Try playing the section five times with the app, making sure you listen back every time, and compare yourself to the demo recording each time. Once you've made this section better, try the whole piece again and then work on other passages.
Then work on your other pieces in the same fashion.
Top Tips for tricky passages:
- try slowing down the tempo;
- practising with the metronome;
- listening to the demo tracks
3. Fun finish!
It's a great idea to make the last few minutes of practice the best time of all. To make it more fun, try playing along with our piano backing tracks. For correct feedback, you need to play with headphones (so that the iPad's microphone doesn't accidentally pick up the sound of the piano when it's listening to you). However, if you don't want to play with headphones, just play it with the piano part using the iPad's own speakers, and ignore the feedback. Make it about the sheer fun of playing with accompaniment.
If you practice like this, you'll be making your violin practice more effective, efficient and fun! Happy practising!
(n.b. Spelling note for US users: apologies if who keep seeing "practise" when you think it should say "practice". It's a quirk of British English that the verb is spelled with an "s" and the noun with a "c"!