March is in full swing which means you’re probably on (or about to be on) spring break! My spring break is still a week away, but I know plenty of schools are already out.
So, that means your practice habits might have to change this week. Continue reading “Practice Tips for Spring Break”
There will come a time in almost every musician’s life when you get sick but you still have to play you’re instrument. Whether you have an important performance or simply a lesson, here’s your guide to playing when you’re sick.
With winter upon us, it’s important that we all stay healthy. However, if you do get sick, you need to be prepared for playing when you’re sick. Continue reading “Musician’s Guide to Playing When You’re Sick”
In order to improve as a musician, you have to practice consistently. It’s much better to practice for fifteen minutes every day than to practice for an hour once or twice per week.
It took me years to learn that consistent practice was necessary to really up my level of playing. I noticed that pieces I had memorized slipped away if I didn’t maintain them. That means that muscle memory for fundamentals must be similar. Continue reading “How to Practice Consistently”
It’s the question that has plagued musicians for years. How much should you practice? The answer to that question is complicated. Your ideal amount of practice will depend on a lot of factors.
I want to share some of those factors with you guys. That way, you can make an informed decision regarding your practice schedule. Continue reading “How Much Should You Practice?”
Ah fundamentals. You either love ’em or you hate ’em. Scales, arpeggios, and long tones are a necessary part of practicing. Fundamentals include tone and technique, but how do you even practice fundamentals?
Your specific instrument will determine how you should practice fundamentals. Wind players and string players will not practice tone in the same way, for example.
Before you start practicing fundamentals, you need to have a plan. A shorter, more focused practice session will always be better than a longer, mindless one. Continue reading “How to Practice Fundamentals”