In the Introduction of Chen's 'Effective Violin Practice Guide' (2016) we read:
Jascha Heifetz, legendary violinist, practised fewer than three hours a day. And wait, it gets better: he doesn’t practise on Sundays.
Are you telling me that 3 hours a day is all that is required to become one of the world’s best violinists (For the remainder of this Ebook, feel free to replace the word ’violinist’ for whichever musical instrument you play)? On the other end of the spectrum, I know musicians that practiced 5-6 hours every single day for years upon end. Improvement was painstakingly slow, confidence was undermined, and tragically some of these musicians ended up burning out and quitting.
What is the reason behind such a discrepancy? Is it a question of talent? Or having access to the best violin teachers? Both are legitimate reasons, but the primary reason why some violinists improve faster than others is the quality of their practice.
Good practice is an art form in and of itself. In fact, I’ve had the privilege of watching world-class musicians practice before, and it is always mesmerizing. In this e-Book (Chen's 'Effective Violin Practice Guide') I describe in depth how to achieve quality practice. And when it comes to practice... quality trumps quantity, anyday.
This is another important step in understanding how to practise, however at this point I should rather say to feel how to practise, to enjoy the position of the hands and fingers, to hear and feel the music and its phrases before they will be played.