“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” – Vince Lombardi
How we approach and use this time is crucial in our development. We owe it to ourselves to make the best of it. The following are a few suggestions to consider before we next enter the practice room.
Make sure the place where we practice is free of things and people that will draw our attention away from the task at hand. Televisions, computers, brothers and sisters, and anything else that impedes our concentration should not be part of the practice environment.
Many students will usually start at the beginning of a piece, fly through the easier parts, struggle through the tough spots, push forward until they’ve reached the end, and then repeat the process. This isn’t the most productive method. Time would be better spent isolating the difficult portion and spending extra time on it. We should be doing far more repetitions on the difficult parts than the easy stuff.
Save The Fun for Last:
When there’s more than one practice item be strategic about the order in which we practice. Whatever you’re least excited about should be done first. Repeat this process until all that’s left is the most fun and exciting portion of the routine. If we do the hard stuff first and the fun stuff last we’ll be less likely to put it off til next time and may even spend more time than intended as we find ourselves inspired by our favorite music of the session.
As we’ve discussed in the past it’s okay to start small. Simply enacting one of the above suggestions will have a positive effect on the quality of our practice. You’ll be more productive and if done consistenly the results will pay off
As always if you have any thoughts or suggestions on the topic I’d love to hear them!
Looking forward to the music you’ll make!