How to Practice

August 21, 2010

PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT

Wondering how to practice?  Don’t know what to do?  Need a refresher?  Here are some suggestions for you.  Keep in mind that your brain will remember what it hears and does first.  Try to make your practicing as perfect as possible.  You will be rewarded by learning much faster.

  • Practice at the same time every day, either in one big chunk or several small chunks throughout the day.
  • Make your playing environment quiet.  No TV or any other interruptions.
  • Play each assignment as slowly and carefully as you can.  Play through your new pieces 3-5 times or until you feel that you have accomplished something new.  The best advice I can give is to remember to  SLOW DOWN when you practice.
  • As your playlist grows, play through each piece as perfectly as possible.  Once you have done that, you can move to the next piece.
  • If you are struggling, do one hand at a time.  Break a piece down to its smallest elements and try to master that before putting it together.
  • Set goals for yourself.  What do you want to accomplish in your practice period?  What do you want to accomplish in your week?
  • Design a practice chart with your parent.  Agree together on what kinds of rewards can be given for diligent practicing.
  • Be patient with the process.  If you are doing your part in practicing, the skill will eventually be learned.

When you feel you have learned a piece well, invite friends and family to listen to you play.  Their praise will make you feel good about all the time you spent practicing!