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General Practice Methods

Total Sensory Immersion

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We want to help you practice better. Our newsfeed will keep you up to date with regular advice. Free personal help is available in our practice clinic and new news and offers can be found in our newsletter. Are we all blind, unfeeling and without emotion? Of course not! Why then do a lot of musicians only use their hearing sense when practising? ...

Pareto Practice

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We want to help you practice better. Click here to receive regular advice or here for help on your current problems. The Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) argues that 80% of the rewards come from 20% of the efforts. Think about this for a moment in terms of your music practice. This means that 80% of your time ...

Different Perspectives

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Just as there is no single correct way to play a piece, there is also no one right way to practice. You need options. If your usual practice methods don't seem to be giving the results you want, try looking at your music from different perspectives. Pick several of the options below and practice your music in that ...

Silence

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"Silence?" "A practice method?" "You must be mad!" Well actually no. Unfortunately there are not enough thoughtful silences in the practice room. Just because you are making noise does not mean you are getting better! This practice method is basically very simple. You need to have equal amounts of playing and silence. To do this you will need to make ...

Opposites Attract

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Much of what we do in the practice room is about putting information into your brain. By doing the EXACT opposite of what you are supposed to do the brain will remember the right way more easily. Pick any section of music to use for this method. Look at the notes and markings and take turns ...

What? Where? Why? How?

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Each time you spot a mistake ask yourself a few simple questions to put it right quickly. The following questions are very easy to remember and will help bring focus to specific practice problems. What? What exactly was the issue? Was it a wrong note? Fingering? Or perhaps a dynamic. Be very specific. The more accurately you can ...

Simplification

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Take a step back and look at a problem from a new angle. We all encounter tricky passages when w e practice. Sometimes playing the passage over and over again doesn't seem to solve the problem. Use this method to reduce the problem and clear a path to playing it correctly. When you reach a tricky section clear ...

A Change Is As Good As A Rest

Changing Practice Routine Method 150x150 A Change Is As Good As A Rest

Keep your practice routine fresh If you find that you are not improving as quickly as you like or that you are bored with your routine there are two things you can do. Firstly really focus yourself on your current practice routine and try to complete this as well as you can with as much concentration as ...

Take A Break

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A planned break will revitalise your playing. There are a number of reasons why you may feel that you want to take a break. You may be tired after a period of hard work or you may be stuck on a particular technique or section of music and no matter how hard you practise you can't ...

Tuneful Rewards

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Reward yourself for good practice. We all prefer to practise some things over others. The trick is to make sure you practise them all. For this practice method you will begin by practising your least favourite thing first (don't tell me, it's scales isn't it?!). After this you will then move on to your next least favourite ...