Mar 3, 2014

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Power Quote For March 2014

marchquote… and conversely, do something today you will NEVER regret!

  • You will never regret having practiced more.

  • You will never regret getting really, really, REALLY good at something.

In fact, it’s one of the best feelings in the world!

So what’s stopping you from practicing more? 🙂

I’m very lucky.  As a teacher, I can safely say my students practice more than most! Still, the reason I bring it up this month is because the real difference between good and GREAT; That thing that gives you the X-Factor; That thing that will get you through even the most challenging of performances is INSANE PRACTICE.

We’re over half-way through the school year now and I know this extra boost is needed to not just get you through, but to give you the best performances of your life before graduation day!

PRACTICE TIPS

Tip 1: Approach Practice Positively

Practicing should be FUN and not a chore. Ten minutes of focused practice that is enjoyable will produce better results than two hours of torturing yourself! If practice becomes hard work or depressing, stop and come back to it when you’re feeling better.

Tip 2: Warm Up with Scales & Chords

Most of the music you play contains chords and scales. Set aside a few minutes a day, or use a couple of scales as a warm-up to your session. Pick a different scale or chord every day for variety and to make sure you play/sing them all.

Tip 3: Practice With Someone Else

Practice with another person to make the session more interesting, more engaging, and more fun. Learn a duet with another student, accompany a singer or other soloist, play in a band, or join a local orchestra or music group. As long as you’re playing you’ll be learning something, and working with other musicians helps you put the music into a wider context.

Tip 4: Practice Slowly and in Small Sections

You can’t learn everything at once, so why beat yourself up about it? Get one section under your belt, and then move on. Work slowly and efficiently to feel more satisfied that each practice session brings results.  Track your progress every step of the way. Slow and steady wins the race!!

Tip 5: Build Variety into Your Practice

Practice things in a different order. Sing/play a piece you know well to start off your session. Play scales as fast or as slow as you can, or all staccato, or with a jazzy rhythm, or leaving out every fifth note. There a million ways to practice – have you tried them all? J

Tip 6: Stick With It!

It takes time and effort to learn something really well. Singing / playing music involves a TON of skills from sheer physical coordination to reading notation to making sense of beats and rhythms. There’s a lot to learn, but if you stick with it, you will be very glad you did!

Tip 7: Be Easy On Yourself

Do the best you can in the time you have, and then relax and forget about it. As long as you’ve done your best, you can be sure that your getting better and better with each practice session!

Tip 8: Reward Yourself

Finish your session off doing something just for you that will lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. It certainly makes practicing easier when the next time rolls around!  Sing / play a favorite piece. Spend a couple of minutes making up your own music. Do something that’s not necessarily related to practice as a reward for all the hard work you’ve put in!

So just go for it!  Get a little insane this month!  Your future self will thank you for it!

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