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)
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