You know the drill when it comes to learning how to play an instrument- practice makes perfect! Dedicate time and effort into practicing music technique and memorization and you’ll reap the rewards when it’s time to perform. Make a new year’s resolution to practice smarter and more efficiently using the tips below!
- Create your space. The place where you practice should be quiet, uncluttered, and free of distractions (or minimal!). A calm, comfortable space that has all of the equipment you need will help you easily transition into practice mode. Be sure the room is well lit so you aren’t straining and squinting to read your music (natural light is great- but if not available a warm lamp or good overhead light will do).
- Determine how long your practice sessions will be, how often to schedule them, and the time of day that will allow you to focus best. Consistency is helpful and routine leads to better practice. Be sure to give yourself enough time in each session to accomplish the goal you’ve set, but be careful not to set your practice time so long that you become frustrated, tired, or burnt out. It may take a few sessions to figure out how your practice sessions best fit into your schedule.
- Be mindful -set your intention for each practice session. Before you begin, make a mental note of your goal(s) for the session.
- Warm up! Try a few stretches and some deep breathing before starting to practice. You’ll calm your nerves, wake up your limbs, and start to focus better. And don’t forget about your hands- play a few scales to limber up your fingers.
- During (and after) your session, make notes on what you need to work on so you can concentrate on improving during your next practice.
- Break your practice out into sections- try to concentrate on just one thing at a time. Plan to spend more time on the most difficult parts of your practice.
- Record yourself. When you listen to yourself play, you’ll be able to pick out hesitations or mistakes that you can work on correcting. Video recordings can be useful too, especially in preparation for a performance.
- Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Be patient with yourself, slow down and concentrate on each section you play until you’ve mastered it.
- Repetition is key. If you make a mistake, keep working on it until you’ve corrected your error and have developed the muscle memory to play the right note every time.
- Track your progress! The rewarding part of smart, consistent practicing is seeing great results for all of your hard work.
From all of us at Nashville Band Room Repair, we wish you a happy new year! We hope you fill the coming year with love, laughter, and music. Stop by our shop in Nashville and let us help you with your band instrument and repair needs!
Written by Laura Whitlock