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Old 01-10-2019, 10:33 AM   #1
piper Q
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Default Overthinking the movements

After a group practice session the other day, I sat with an older student who seems to try to over analyze what he is doing. He knows the basic notes for a few tunes, yet struggles to be fluid in playing them on the practice chanter.

I sat with him for a time, going over each portion he struggle on, I went through the tune for several repetitions until his D throws and grace notes started to come more easily.

He seems to learn more by visual and repetition of motion, and we consider muscle memory to be part of how we learn. What methods might you suggest to help him move on to smoother play of the basic tunes? I'll add that he seems to second guess himself and becomes frustrated when he makes simple mistakes as well.

Aside from patience, reinforcement of proper techniques and good practice behaviors. what might some of you suggest to help move him along.
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