Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Practicing is important.
Yet, how come there are times that we can practice for hours upon hours and still feel overwhelmed?
Here are some tips to create organized practice sessions that will allow you to improve the quality of your practice.
1. Write out a list of every piece of music you need to work on.
2. Organize when you need to have each piece of music learned by.
3. Organize the level of difficulty and how long you think it'll take to learn.
4. Correlate these 3 things together and create a list in order with the time it'll take to work on each piece of music in total.
5. Split it up by day, put the music you need to work on daily on every day of the week. And mix in other pieces of music you need to look at. By doing this, you'll be able to accomplish both your short and long term goals in an efficient matter.
6. The final and most important step...PRACTICE PROPERLY! Be very careful in how you practice, make sure that your practice regime is followed through each day, and practice in the best way that works for you. Whether it's at tempo, building up to tempo, practicing slowly, etc. Practice in a way that is efficient, this will allow your Practice Schedule to truly shine.
7. See if the practice regimen works. Some things you can add that might help are... warm ups, warm downs, ear training, performing while taking videos, playing for friends, etc.
At different stages of learning a piece of music, I have found different ways of practicing will be more or less applicable. Make sure to adjust your practice schedule accordingly!
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