Updated: Dec 20, 2020
Chunking is a deliberate, mindful practice technique where you zoom :-) in on about 5-9 notes of music.
You practice a chunk of music that is easy to play. This uses your short term memory. Gradually this will move into your long term memory, if you continue to practice in a deliberate, meaningful, mindful way.
Chunking music like this is a much less frustrating way to practice! Why? Because you are practicing chunks that you can play, making them easy, even if it is only 2 notes. And, you are not practicing in a way you do not want to for mindless hours.
1. Select a chunk.
2. Choose a specific tempo.
3. Use a rest in between repetitions.
4. Give yourself a cue as of what to do when before you repeat it.
5. Repeat the chunk.
The specific tempo and the REST in between are very important.
Because when we talk to ourself, teach ourself, elaborate on what we are doing this is also a very significant way to Make It Stick.
This is based on another productive way we learn.
Elaboration: is the process of finding additional layers of meaning in new material and making connections with things you know and adding that layer to the new material. It fires up lots of neural synapses !!! And, we remember it more and more quickly.
What to cue yourself on?
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It will give you more ideas on observing your practice and then what you can focus on before each repetition.
Next: Add A Note
Do what I call, Add a Note to your chunk.
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