Practical Practicing Practices – Part 1
So you’ve started music lessons? What now? Any music student knows that job number one is daily practice. So you sit down with your instrument and you start. But how do you practice? There is a practical, methodical approach to practicing that will work.
So HOW MUCH do you practice? While more practice generally means more progress, the secret to practicing like a rock star isn’t the number of minutes per day, but how the practice time is structured. Whether you practice 20 minutes per day or 2 hours per day matters less than the consistency and pacing of your practice sessions. Use these guidelines for the most efficient practice.
Practice in shorter segments with breaks. In a 60 minute practice session, you remember more from the first and last five to ten minutes of practice than from all the middle minutes combined. Rather than practicing solid hour, try breaking it into three 20 minute segments.
Use expanding intervals for breaking up your practice segments. If you have a 20 minute practice session, choose three or four sections of a song to improve.
The most important thing to keep in mind in making the most out of your practice is CONSISTENCY. The average brain tends to forget information over time. Surprising isn’t it? Students who wait half a week to start practicing before the next lesson have forgotten most of what they learned in a lesson. The best time to practice is just after a lesson while the information is fresh on the mind, and then every single day afterward. Practice early! practice often!
Practicing for shorter periods of time, using expanding intervals during your practice periods, and having all kinds of practice consistency will make you a black belt on your instrument. You’ll remember five times as much during each practice session or your money back for this blog post!
Next week, look for the second part of The Republic Method for practicing music – the real secret for making your practice work.