Conservatoire students , how do you practise ? Conservatoire students , how do you practise piano/ violin ? HOw do you overcome boredom and monotony from practising ? and As members of the orchestra or students of the conservatoire, do you get days off from practise ? like on public holidays ? And on the day after, do you notice a lot of mistakes when you miss practise for one day ? Do you practise the piano/ violin when you are tired ? Like physically tired ? Or simply because you are tired of playing the same piece over and over again? Also, I notice that when I take a break from practising piano for just one day, my fingers get stiff and The next day I practise I will make a lot of mistakes and wont be able to play just as fast. If I m lucky I might be able to play the notes correctly but when I m tired I just play the notes without full concentration on dynamics or musical sense. What is the best advice for practising for exams ?