Observe Your Mistakes

I first read about this technique in a book called The Inner Game Of Music (Buy at Amazon.co.uk - Buy at Amazon.com) a very interesting book about the psychology of practice, well worth a read.

This exercise was a real game changer for me, and something I still use to this day!

Conceptually it's quite simple - when you're struggling to play something, try to watch yourself as an objective observer and just watch what you're doing. Often the mistake will be obvious although many times the problem goes away too - especially if it's tension related!

Effective Practice