How to Practice
1. Don’t waste your time- practice the hard stuff, not the easy stuff
2. Do it SLOWLY
3. “CHUNK IT” = practice a single, hard measure at a time
4. “EXPAND” = Once hard measure is learned, add in other measures around it
5. IF NOTHING ELSE- PRACTICE YOUR SCALES
*Remember, practice is what you do on your own and it is your ticket to getting in the door so that we can rehearse or have a lesson.
S = Sight Read piece without playing
T = Time Signature
A = Accidentals / Key signature
R= Read Carefully and Play
Use the above acronym to help you remember how to practice a new piece of music.
Why do we practice?
REPETITION: Just like a football player practices throwing a football over and over again, a person practices their instrument so that “muscle memory” is developed. (Muscle memory = your fingers know what to do before your brain does.)
You will get faster and stronger. You will be able to play longer and play more notes. You will be able to hold a note longer. You will be able to learn new things every time you come in for a lesson or a rehearsal.REMEMBER TO LOG YOUR PRACTICE TIME AND HAVE SOMEONE INITIAL IT!!!!