So my teenage son wrote up two lists that include insights about learning and practicing from his cello teacher, the legendary Mr. Howard. In earlier posts, I’ve adapted many of his ideas to skating (“Bow change motion, no matter what your age!”) is one of my favorites. I thought these were very useful for skating as well!
Mr. Howard’s answers to “What do you need to learn?”
- Learn how to learn.
- Learn now to practice.
- Learn how to use time wisely.
- Learn how to hear, really hear.
Mr. Howard’s Five Steps to Practicing
- Identify the problem.
- Isolate the problem.
- Analyze the problem.
- Figure out a creative, imaginative, and effective way to practice it.
- Practice, but not until you’ve done the previous four steps.