PRACTICE TIPS: MAKING YOUR PRACTICE TIME MORE PRODUCTIVE
• Practice a little every day. This is more beneficial than one or two really long practice sessions every week.
• Find a quiet place to practice so you don’t have any distractions. Practice slow, and gradually speed it up.
• Set aside a specific time each day to practice. It will become part of your daily routine and make practice consistent.
• Learn each phrase at a time. Practice SLOWLY until you have it, and then move to the next phrase.
• Playing from the beginning to end, but consistently making mistakes is not productive. You’re simply practicing mistakes. Break it up into sections that are harder for you, then try to piece it all together.
Record yourself. This is a great way to listen back and see if you made mistakes that you didn’t realize. LISTEN CAREFULLY!
• Practice the hard parts. It’s fun to play the parts you like, but you’ll only get better if you practice the things that are hard.
• Always refer to your teacher’s notes and comments to be certain you are practicing the correct material.
• Play for your family and friends. It might make you nervous, but make it fun and you will become a better musician.
• Remember to stand or sit in the correct position. You don’t want to hurt yourself! Before you leave, make certain you understand everything your teacher assigned to you.
• LISTEN. Listen to your favorite music and pay attention to what your instrument is playing.