A lot of people often wonder if last-minute practicing before the “real thing” is actually helpful. Just like some furious practicing to warm-up before a sports performance or looking over flash cards before a GED or an ACT exam. Well, this may seem like a highly productive exercise but the question is: does it really help?
Great athletes and performers understand that they’ve already done all the work. They know that during the last few hours before the big thing, the most important thing is that they get into the appropriate emotional, mental, and physical state if they want to to perform at their best.
In the same way, students need to understand that taking practice tests will prove more effective than reading through a book during the last minutes before an exam.
With playing the violin it’s no different. Regardless whether you to want to meditate, take a nap, say a little prayer, or play some long tones or some slow scales to get connected to your instrument, the experienced great performers do whatever they want to get into the right mindset.
You could also want to eat something like a banana or a peanut butter sandwich while you hop on just one leg, you know what you need, so just simply do it! Don’t let any circumstances get in your way, regardless what others around you may think about your game plan or rituals.