How much practice do you need?

March 9, 2015

I was just talking to an artist who said he never gets anywhere with his music because, “if I want to be a great musician, I have to practice at...

I was just talking to an artist who said he never gets anywhere with his music because, “if I want to be a great musician, I have to practice at least 8 hours a day.” 

So wrong ….. 

Quality versus Quanity 

First of all, get your skills up — in the past weeks I talked about – sight reading, ear training, technique  etc. (check the blogs for ideas)

Then….

If you read music very well and/or almost play music by ear – you aren’t going to be wasting hours practicing to figure out how to play it – everything becomes natural/ 

Then instead of wasting hours working on a piece from beginning to end. Break it up – the easy parts don’t need a lot of work. Take the difficult sections and work on them slowly and steady. Slower the better 

Remember “slow and steady wins the race” 

I find most artists keep playing from beginning to end hoping that problem area will just fix it self 

It won’t – so fix it!! 

Then slow speed the piece up … 

If you are focused then you’ll remember a lot more – you won’t be wasting time fixing errors. 

You don’t need eights hours a day 



#nowdoit

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