Please read Dr. Noa Kageyama's terrific essay on mental practicing first. http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/does-mental-practice-work/
Did you read it? All of it? Good.
I am going to give you loosely structured assignment, but feel free to break away and be creative, follow your own guidelines, etc. I only ask that you do this as a minimum:
This blog entry will be due on or before October 6. Over the next three weeks, please:
1. Choose 2-3 times/week to mentally practice for EACH week. Follow Dr. Noa's techniques, talk to your friends, ask me questions. There is no "set" way to do it. Just spend 20-30 minutes in a quiet place with NO distractions. (Distractions are: PHONES, COMPUTERS, ipads, watches like Typher's, youtube, texting, eating, thinking about clothing, etc. See me if you are confused if something falls under "distraction" or not.)
2. You will have mentally practiced 4-6 times before Oct 6. After each mental practicing session, please take a few notes. What did you do? How did it feel? Did you choose a section and break it down? What did you observe?
3. After each session, go to your violin and practice the section or part that you just mentally practiced. Do you notice any difference?
When you submit your blog, it should talk about how long you mentally practiced, what you mentally practiced, how you felt, and what you think was accomplished. You don't have to write a lot, but mental practicing is really important and we don't do it enough!
Happy (mental) practicing! Elizabeth