Practice Tips

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The Goal: Practice more effectively

Practicing effectively is one of those elusive things that seems to go unchecked for a long time. We want you to make the most out of your practice time, so here are some tips to keep you on track.

Remember that playing is NOT practicing. Practicing is working on your skill while playing is using everything you’ve learned to perform a piece or song. Practice effectively and your playing will be nothing less than amazing in no time.

  1. Use your metronome
  2. Don’t worry about speed
  3. Warm up before every practice session(i.e. scales, sight reading, technical drills, etc.)

Keeping those key points in mind, when you sit down to practice, work on some technique building exercises such as the Technical Drills in this chapter or find some more in our Worksheets section.

When working on a specific piece, focus on the sections that are giving you the most trouble. Slow them down and repeat them, with the metronome at a slow tempo until you can perform that specific section smoothly, only then increasing the tempo on the metronome and practicing at a higher speed.

Practice Routines

We know it’s not always easy to practice for long stretches of time so here are a few sample breakdowns of your practice time.
Seperator

30 Minute Session

10 minutes – Warm up with scales, drills and sight reading
15 minutes – practice the piece or song(we recommend working on 1 song or piece per session) slowly and work out any trouble spots
5 minutes – play piece or song without metronome or worrying about getting it perfect
Seperator

60 Minute Session

15 minutes – Warm up with scales, drills and sight reading
30 minutes – practice the piece or song(we recommend working on 1 song or piece per session) slowly and work out any trouble spots
15 minutes – play piece or song without metronome or worrying about getting it perfect