This is something I've never learned to do properly. I know I do it wrong but I'd like to begin practicing simple elements of music correctly to make the most out of it.
Please educate me!
A simple example: You have 8 measures of some scale-wise movement, maybe arpeggios, some pattern, whatever but it's a complete unit. It begins ||: at measure 1 and stops at measure 8 :||
What do you think is the most efficient way to practice this short unit? (...on trumpet, because this is a trumpet forum).
For intstance, provided you've memorised the whole unit well and know the fingerings would you play it like this: play 8 repetitions of the unit non-stop, then rest for as long as you played it before moving on to the next unit? Or maybe, you'd play it 4 times non-stop and then rest just for 8 measures, then play it again 4 times, then rest, and then how many times more if any?
I know there are probably as many correct ways in terms of repetition as there are players on this forum but I think there is some general recommendation for doing this properly based on the past teaching experience.