How to practice
Have you ever practiced a section for weeks and weeks, but it never seems to get any better? It’s time to perform, but you just know you’ll mess that difficult part up. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, then I have something that will help. You’re practicing wrong. There should never be a section that seems impossible to learn. If you tackle the passage correctly, with almost no exceptions, you can feel comfortable with it in about a week. Not only will it be comfortable an accurate, but forget about spending hours and hours on one section. If you just set aside a about a minute a day, it will be learned before you know it.
Does this scenario sound familiar to you? You are on your way to your weekly music lesson and you cringe from the guilt of knowing you barely…kind of…sort of…did not practice your music this week. Or if you have children: “Johnny, did you practice your music this week?” He replies, “kinda…” You know this means a solid “no.”
This seems to happen all too often, right? Each weekly lesson we make another broken promise to our music teacher that we will practice every day the following week. But somehow, it never happens. Whether it’s your own or your child’s music lessons, it’s not that you don’t care about music, and it’s not because you enjoy throwing your money away each month at music lessons that are never practiced. It’s simply because there is no music practice routine engrained in your daily schedule.