Learning and practicing are like the processes of a computer. And, humans created computers and modeled their operations on the human brain!
The most successful way to practice is with a clear purpose solidly in mind.
You can think of practice as you would of the steps in computer operations.
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When practicing, always place what you are trying to accomplish clearly in your mind.
Playing your music without thought will limit your progress, by reinforcing errors.
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Placing clear goals in mind, trains your physical self to put into action what your mental self is learning. It is much more beneficial to focus on playing a passage correctly three times in a row, than to focus your awareness on the time that you are spending with your instrument out of the case.