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Reviews of music practice related books and products

Performance Strategies for Musicians

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What is the point of practice? One of the key aspects has to be preparation for a performance. In this book David Buswell deals with the specifics of what happens and what is required at the moment of performance. If you are expecting a collection of music related ideas and suggestions you will be sadly dissapointed. ...

Maximizing Your Studio’s Potential

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We are always happy to receive new information and resources on practice so it was a pleasant surprise when this book arrived through the postbox. Written by Julie Patton (she of Chop-Sticks embouchure strengthening fame) the book is squarely aimed at brass players who are studying at university level. My questions therefore were focused on what ...

Practice Is A Dirty Word

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I previously reviewed the Practice was a dirty word Music Journal. Whilst printing and production could have been better it is an example of a good practice notebook. I was therefore interested to see if a book on practice by the same author would be up to the same standards. On first impression I was pleasantly surprised. ...

The Musician’s Way

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I'll admit it. I'm difficult to please. Especially when it comes to books on practice. I like to see good design, good quality materials, clear and well written and content that can be used by the practising musician. All too often these are lacking. However, The Musician's Way by Gerald Klickstein is excellent in all areas. You ...

Improve your teaching by Paul Harris

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Do you publish or use a practice notebook that we don't know about? We'd love to hear about it so we can review it for our readers. To stay in touch with How To Practice subscribe to our newsfeed. Having revealed the worst side of instrumental teaching in Teachers . . . you are lazy! I thought I'd better redress the balance and ...

Wisteria Practice Books

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Do you publish or use a practice notebook that we don't know about? We'd love to hear about it so we can review it for our readers. To stay in touch with How To Practice subscribe to our newsfeed. From the outside this series of notebooks promise much with their bright, colourful covers. On the face of it something that every ...

Now I Love Music 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. I wish I could say that I loved music practice when I was younger. I had more of a love hate relationship with practice. OK, the truth is that there wasn't much love and it was more of a ...

Practice was a dirty word – Music Journal

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When choosing a new notebook you'd like something that is engaging, interesting, something you can take ownership of and something that will help you get better. This lesson diary gets there better than most. The book begins in positive fashion with space for goals, though rather nicely they are referred to as 'highlights', 'wish lists' and ...

Practicing for Young Musicians by Harvey Snitkin

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'Real progress happens when you take your weekly lesson. Right? Wrong! Success depends on what you do between lessons, when you practice.' And so begins this excellent book on practice by Snitkin. The book opens with some general thoughts on practice, problems with traditional approaches to lessons and practice and an explanation that the same generic ...

My Music Jot-a-note

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If size is an indication of quality then the My Music Jot-a-note practice notebook would be the best around. It's not what I would consider portable but on the plus side it would be difficult for even the most forgetful students to lose this one! This notebook comes from Spartan Press and is a significant improvement ...