Tips On Music Practice

Tips On Music Practice
Blog Writers - Tue Nov 12, 2013 @ 08:20PM
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Today my sister and I will be giving you some tips on how to practice music in an interview-type format. 

When do you practice?

Me: The time of day varies but I find morning works really well - by afternoon/evening I can get too tired.

Sister: Usually the morning!  I like practicing in the morning, because if you don't do it then, you don't feel as alert or motivated.

What tip do you have? 

Me: Switch up where you practice.  If you don't like the room you're in, switch it up.  I usually practice in our Music "Studio" or area, but sometimes it's a refreshing change to practice in the living room or bedroom.  So vary it! 

Sister: Divide your music practice into sections.  An example could be: hymns / private lesson practice / scales / and so on. 

Do you take notes at your private lesson so you can refer to them during practice?

Me: I take my own notes.  They are by no means "extensive" notes, I just jot down a few things I really want to rememeber and work on.

Sister: The teacher actually takes notes for me, which makes it easier because she can phrase things better.  I refer to the notes every day during my individual practice. 

Any tips for making the practicing experience more enjoyable?

Me: I like the quote a swimmer once said: "you've just gotta stay in the pool longer".  When you think about it, practicing may not always be the most fun and enjoyable thing.  But if I want to get ahead and keep moving on to more songs - you need to "stay focused" longer.  Do hard.  It may not feel enjoyable at first, but the sense of accomplishment you get from staying focused (by God's grace) is so worth it!

Sister: Take short breaks after every few songs.  It really helps you to keep going.  Also set a goal of how long you want to practice for and try to stick with it.  If you find you're failing at reaching that goal, maybe go down a few minutes, but try to do hard things and aim high!

We'd like to share the following to close off the interview: "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”  Do hard things and your skills will go up!

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