Category Archives: General

General Practice Methods

Mistaken Identity

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Identify the cause of your mistakes It is a fact of a musicians life that we all make mistakes at some stage. What seperates the better players is the ability to correct any mistakes they do make. For this practice method you will need to stop each time you make a mistake during your practice session. Once ...

One Bar At A Time

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Don't let the size of a piece put you off. Trying to learn a whole section of music at once is not all that easy - there's a lot of detail for the brain to take in. This practice method makes that easier. Select an individual bar and practice that bar for at least 3 minutes or ...

Master Plan

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Plan your practice in detail so you are not left thinking what to do next. Immediately following your lesson (or during it if your teacher agrees) you need to write down your 'Master Plan' for that week. You should spend a little time on this as you can only do this once during the week. Any ...

Never Wrong

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If you practise mistakes you'll get better at them. Improving your playing ability through practice is often about breaking habits that you already have, weather that be finger position, breathing, posture, note lengths or anything else. These habits have formed over a number of months or years and can therefore be very hard to break. For this ...

Recording Artist

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One of the oddities you need to come to terms with as a musician is that things do not sound the same to your listener as they do to you. Something that sounds very slow to you is often not all that slow for your listener, what you perceive as loud is only moderate and ...

Creeping Metronome

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Most people suffer from trying to achieve things too quickly - this is especially true in the music practice room. Trying to practice too quickly will mean that you are not able to li sten properly, may not get things exactly right and end up taking much longer to complete the practice task at hand. Unfortunately ...

Mime Artist

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You don't always need your instrument to practise. There are many aspects of practice which you can complete without your instrument. For this technique you will pretend that you are one of those mime artists that you see at the circus. You pretend that you are holding your instrument and continue to practise like that. You ...

Observation Tortoise

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Go very slowly so you can spot your mistakes. How many times have you been playing in lessons when your teacher points out a mistake that you didn"t even know you made? For this practise method you need to start each new piece or section of your practice (ie scales,study, technical excercises) by playing very, very slowly ...

Final Thoughts

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Use the wisdom below to give your practice good direction. Before each practice session read one of the following "thoughts" and focus on it throughout: Amateurs practise until they get it right; professionals practise until they can't get it wrong. Speed is a by-product of smoothness. Don't practise the scale, practise the smoothness. Think it ten times, then play ...

Practice Shoes

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This method will help focus your attention on one thing at a time. Here is a selection of footwear that you can use to aid your practice: Rhythm Boots - use these to focus on rhythm Pitch Wellies - for when you want to concentrate on the right notes Dynamic Slippers - helping you to get your louds and softs correct Style Sandals - ...