One of the most frequent questions my students ask me is "How can I learn all of this music in the time I have to practice?"
The answer is to be very strict with yourself about WHAT you play, and how many times you REPEAT it to let it sink in. Think about it. The average student, when preparing a piece of music, plays along until something bad happens. Then what does he/she do?...
OK, now you have spotted and analyzed the difficult passage in your solo or etude. You have played it correctly eight times, at a slow tempo where you are totally in control and confident that you can do it again and again with no trouble. Now, you will
turn that spot into the easiest old friend in the piece.
First, rest for a few seconds. I like to practice where I can look out at my garden...