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Practice Principles

Getting the most out of your practice sessions.

PUBLISHED: May 13, 2019 UPDATED: Jan 22, 2020 • VIEWS: 202 • LESSON CODE: UL001

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Practice Principles

Getting the most out of your practice sessions.

I would advocate not actually calling it practice, think of it as exploring.

See Chuck Anderson's guest article title: Practice, Play and Rules (Theory) - The Three Words

  • Establish a long term musical goal, and keep it in mind at each practice session.
  • Focus on your weaknesses, not on your strengths. Work only on the weaknesses that are relevant to your long term musical goals (Principle No. 1).
  • Set a short term goal before each practice session, so you know how to use the first 10 minutes before you start. Don't compare the end of a previous session to the start of the current session.
  • Practice what you don't know — NOT what you DO know.
  • If your practice sounds particularly good, it doesn't count towards your practice session. Save that for rehearsing and performances.
  • Don't practice anything wrong; not one single note or one beat. When in doubt, triple check the note or beat. Then double-check it again.
  • Don't play pieces or songs through from beginning until end; work on parts or pieces of songs. Save that for rehearsing for performances ( no 4 ).
  • Leave your instrument out, or, if you're a singer, leave your music out on a music stand, in a place where you will see it every day. If your instrument is your voice, it's always out and with you - great for anytime practice.
  • Practice for at least 10 minutes every day. If you miss days, don't give up. Just get back on schedule. Short sessions are better than no sessions.
  • Don't practice the same thing, in the same order, that you did the day before. Explore all possible variations.

End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!

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