Do You Practice Effectively?

Do You Practice Effectively?

Many students do not practice effectively. When students learn to improve their practicing habits, they will make remarkable progress on a weekly basis. Below are practice techniques that can be used to increase the effectiveness of a student’s practice time.

Effective Practicing

1) Practice slowly. 40-60 BPM on the metronome will help solidify notes, coordination, and an even tempo.
2) Divide your piece into bitesize sections. Practice each section until correct.
3) Count the beat aloud while playing. You can say 1-2-3-4, or ta-ta-ta-ta. This solidifies rhythmic issues and tempo. Don’t play the ENTIRE piece over and over until you finally get it. Also, don’t start from the beginning every time you mess up. The beginning is not messing you up; fix the measure that is. These three practice techniques alone can add a huge dynamic to a student’s preparation level for lessons. The student will then be able to learn new concepts and abilities instead of constantly reviewing notes and rhythms. Use these techniques when you practice, and you will be able to accomplish much more!

– Derek Adam, M.M.

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