The narrow realm of student repertoire is too confining for young ears
I was always using my eyes to stop myself from being bored when practising – I’d look out of the window or at whatever else was interesting. Instead I’d suggest putting on a blindfold and focusing all my attention on listening to my intonation and quality of sound.
I’d tell myself to put in more time with the violin and practise scales, arpeggios and double-stops faithfully and slowly every day. There is simply nothing that will advance ability more completely and with greater value than a regular diet of this ‘right stuff’. I’d also work slowly on repertoire by composers of all generations. The narrow realm of student repertoire is too confining for young ears.