Creating a practice plan that works

September 16, 2015

Often when we go to practice we get lost in the all the details …. what do we need to work on? First and foremost, go to the basics! SO...

Often when we go to practice we get lost in the all the details …. what do we need to work on?

First and foremost, go to the basics! SO …..

Rhythm, Reading and Technique.

So Rhythm

Something, I’m always hearing students tell me is “I suck at rhythm”  Of course you do! How can anyone be just good at something, it takes hard work! You have to learn it first  … Is a Rocket Scientist born a rocket scientist? Is a doctor born a doctor or did s/he have to go to school for many years?

So work on rhythm, clap a difficult rhythm every day and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how quickly you become better at it.

So Reading?

I remember my teacher telling me the story of how when in university, he passed his piano teacher’s office and heard him playing a simple piece and was shocked so he asked him why? The teacher answer, “I need a breather, I needed to not think”

So what does this mean for you … if daily you’re sight reading difficult pieces, then your repertory will be come “easy”  Your pieces will become that “breather.”

So Technique

Often I find technique is something that is passed over when learning music. We’re so busy learning songs/pieces that we forget that there is technique involved. Work on your exercises and master them and video tape yourself to see what you’re doing. The more you do, the better you will become!

All of these things, will make your songs/pieces easier and you’ll find that you won’t have to practice them as much to perfect them.

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