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How to master a new piece? Practice like a Unicorn!
Being a musician is one of the hardest things because of the nature of the art: anything we ever do we have to be able to reproduce over and over again. The sad news is that the key to success is endless boring repetition.
This sounds like a terrible idea for many but as a musician, there's no way to sugarcoat this...
Unless you dress up like a unicorn and make your practice session as fun and productive as possible. I will not tell you that there's a right and a wrong way to motivate you to practice. The only thing I can tell you is that you must find a way that gets you into practice mode. To your right (or underneath if you're using a phone) you have a video of an acomplished violinist showing you how she practices. This is Chloe Trevor and I personally follow her on instagram because of two reasons:
- Her feed of live performances is badass: When she is playing with a purpose (e.g. for Astor Piazzolla's birthday) it's simply breathtaking.
- Chloe shows you how she practices: This is inspiring because it helps us understand that practice is a must for all of us at every level.
Therefore, I urge you to do anything you can to improve your practice mindset and time. Follow Chloe, dress like a unicorn, have fun, practice hard, and never stop learning. I'm sure Chloe would say the same thing!
More about Chloe Trevor
Quickly becoming one of the most talked about and sought after musical ambassadors to Generation Z, violinist Chloé Trevor has combined her spirit for classical music and her passion for mentoring the youth of today to connect on a personal level with audiences in exciting and innovative ways. Silver medalist of the Ima Hogg Competition, critics have acclaimed Chloé for her "dazzling technique", "excellent musicianship", "huge tone", "poise and professional grace", and "bold personality unafraid to exult in music and ability". She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic, Plano Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony. She made her New York concerto debut in 2013 and Avery Fisher Hall debut in 2014.
Chloé was the Grand Prize winner at the 2006 Lynn Harrell Competition, the 2005 Lennox Competition, the 2003 Dallas Symphonic Festival Competition and the 2000 Collin County Young Artists Competition. She has been a featured violinist in the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. At age thirteen she appeared on the nationally syndicated radio program From the Top.
Having recently concluded her first tours of Australia, Singapore, Spain, and Mexico, Chloé's upcoming engagements include multiple recitals in North America and appearances with the North State Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Arizona Symphony, the New Life Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
Dedicated to music education and outreach, Chloé regularly connects with students and teachers through interactive performances, master classes, and lectures, both in person and online. With an extensive and ever-growing following via social media, Chloé enjoys spreading her message of positivity and encouragement to hundreds of thousands of people on a daily basis in order to influence present and future generations of classical musicians.