Slow Practice and Sleep

Slow Practice and Sleep

Imagine getting better at a musical instrument twice as fast, with only half of the effort you are currently putting in. Sounds crazy, right? Well, if slow practice isn’t a priority, then music learning is not at its optimum. The same goes for sleep! If you are not getting enough sleep, whatever you practiced the day before will not be retained as efficiently as it could be. Sleep more, worry less, and become a better musician all at the same time!

Slow practice….it is usually agonizingly boring. No one wants to do it, and it’s hard to see why anyone would want to without an understanding that learning music is not instantly gratifying. Playing fast may seem cool, and while it is necessary for particular passages in music, I can’t stress enough how much more efficient slow practice is. Slow practice increases awareness and gives us more time to think about what is actually taking place. It allows for a deeper understanding of the music itself.

Make sure that if you are practicing properly you are also sleeping well. Sleep is where the brain restructures itself based on the day just experienced. So, if you practice a lot but sleep very little, you are giving yourself a huge obstacle. We all want the ability to play fast but it takes a lot of patience, time, focus, and sleep. Practice slow, sleep well, and you’ll be off to a great start!

– Mark Harrison, B.M., Piano Instructor 

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San Antonio Music Academy is very well organized. My daughter's piano teacher is wonderful! She's been taking lessons for 5 months and looks forward to each lesson. I really enjoy the recitals at the LOL Comedy Club.

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My daughter has been registered here since she was 7. Each instructor she’s had has been very friendly and great to work with. Currently she has lessons with Ms Maria and we are so grateful for her and the entire SAMA staff. I can’t recommend enough.

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Elio Maldonado Jr.

Jacob was an excellent guitar instructor. He was patient and prepared. I definitely recommend him to any person wanting to learn guitar.

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San Antonio Music Academy is awesome, my son loves the guitar lessons and is super excited to attend every week! He started with zero experience and progressed surprisingly fast. Randy is an amazingly talented guitarist/teacher. He is very patient, yet knows how to push students to the next level. Highly recommend all the instructors, the staff is great!

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