The Paradox of Practice: Security in Performance through Risk-taking in Practice with Sophie Renshaw


When your purchase your session with Sophie Renshaw, she will get in touch with you to arrange a mutually convenient time.


Do you ever wonder, even after practicing something for a great many hours, feeling that you’ve ‘nailed’ your bowing, shifting, rhythms, phrasing etc for an upcoming concert or recording session – that when it comes to the stress of the moment, it doesn’t work quite as well as you had hoped? You’re left feeling disappointed?

We will look at how, when you are open to the possibilities of applying imagination to your own practice time, your playing can become more assured through the very act of daring to try new things. Muscle memory responds well to fresh stimuli rather than incessant or uncritical repetition, which, in itself, can often reinforce bad habits.

The quest is to discover how practice can become an act of discovery which invigorates your music-making and results in performances that sound and feel both spontaneous and secure.

Who is it for: viola players grade 6 upwards
Tutor: Sophie Renshaw
Number of particpants: 1
Length of session: 60 minutes on Zoom
Number of sessions: as required
Dates and times: to be arranged when mutually convenient
Cost: £60
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