"Hi folks, Aubrey Atwater here, with another Habit for Your Healthy Music Habitat.
I'm thinking today about ironing out the rough spot in a new piece you're working on and how to do that.
I think when we start learning new material we sometimes feel overwhelmed by aspects of it because it feels hard.
And I've learned, over the years, that often the difficult parts can be easily isolated; and there are not that many parts that are hard.
And once you really examine the piece, identify those difficult parts and then do a little exercise around the difficult parts. Start a little bit before it, play through it, iron it out, analyze the fingering, whatever it is you need to do.
And then play a little after that hard part, and loop that. Do it five, ten, fifteen, twenty times--however [many] you need.
And then you have smoothed that part out and the piece starts to come into focus more."