A common mantra for practice is to always take difficult passages slowly; but what happens when you speed it up? Many of my previous teachers have shown me the efficacy of the “rush-to” or “play-to” technique.
Changing hand positions? Try out “rush-to”!
Sequential passagework? Works there, too!
Chordal motion? You bet!
But “rush-to” can generally be used with any sort of tricky passagework. After you’ve done the slow practice, you can easily use “rush-to” to ensure that the tempo you ultimately pick won’t affect the passage with which you’re currently struggling. It’s a simple way to guarantee that the passage fits in your hands, and no tension, physical motion, or moment of uncertainty will get in your way of seamlessly performing it.
How do you utilize “rush-to” in your practice?