Struggling to Get a Tricky Passage up to Tempo? Why Slow, Accurate Practice May Actually Be the Problem.

It’s been said that we must learn to walk before we can run. Which of course makes perfect sense, but have you ever encountered a speed plateau in a piece you’re working on? A section that you can totally play at about 80-90% of the final tempo, but no matter what you try, keep hitting a wall, and can’t seem to get over the hump?

Why does this happen?