Five Tips for Better Practice

Posted by on Jul 4, 2009 in Articles for Students, Practice Tips | No Comments

practice tipsWARM-UP

Like athletes, musicians need to warm up the muscles they’ll be using. Start slowly with long tones such as whole and half notes. This will help get your mind and body focused and ready to go on.

SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF

These goals should be based on what your teacher assigned: for example, “today I’m going to improve that hard part in my band music” or “today I’m going to play straight through line 23”. Make your daily goals reachable.

TAKE IT APART

The key to improving your playing is practicing the HARD PARTS not the easy one you already sound good on. Some ideas:

  • Clap and count rhythms.
  • Say the note names in rhythm.
  • Finger the notes silently in rhythm.
  • Play the notes slowly.
  • Repeat this process measure by measure.

PUT IT TOGETHER

Play through the part until you feel it’s right. Try to end on a positive note by playing something you know and enjoy. Don’t forget to write down your practice time.

ENJOY YOURSELF

You should be proud of all the effort you’ve put into learning an instrument. By setting up a regular practice routine, you’re sure to improve every day.