Monday, 12 November 2018

5 Ways to Carry Out An Effective Practice Session


How do we get the best results from our practice sessions? Does only practicing improve you as a musician? “Practice makes perfect” is a very common term , however it does not present you with the whole concept.  In this blog post, we look at some of the crucial elements required, to have and carry out effective practice routines which will guarantee your progress with every sessions.

1. Set an Environment for your practice
Everyone can work better in familiar surroundings. Similarly, an organised place for practice encourages right state of mind that is required to execute all the exercises and drills we are about to go through. Find the right setup and environment that enhances your practice sessions so that every time you step in for practice, it creates the mood needed for you to concentrate on your instrument. Also, you should make sure you are in the desired state of mind to practice because if your attention linger around somewhere else, it will hamper the quality of the output that you are aiming to achieve through the practice sessions.
2. Have a goal for your practice sessions
Have a flexible routine for your practice sessions. You should have a plan before you sit for practice sessions. Set realistic goals, then work out what you want to achieve and practice in a particular session so that it helps you track your progress. Don’t keep a constant time table for your practice, you should vary the exercises every practice session so that it keeps you excited and familiarise you with more technicalities of the instrument as well as equip you to be able to play your favorite songs. Although, warming up before you start your technical exercises is important as you should not harm yourself in the name of practice. Do simple, repetitive warm-up exercises for 10-15 minutes and then proceed to your more difficult exercises.


3. Take reference to learn how to correctly play a part
Always understand the goal of your exercise. Do research or ask your mentor on how to correctly execute the exercises because if you keep on practicing the wrong way, you will only get good at playing your instrument badly. Every drill you are attempting to execute through your instrument has a purpose of improving your playing skills, so take some time to interpret the technicality of your exercise. Once you are doing them correctly and giving your time, it will produce great results which will in turn enhance your knowledge on your instrument.
4. Record your practice
It is very helpful if you record yourself doing your exercises or trying to play a part of a song because it gives you a reference to look back and provide yourself with an honest feedback. Listen to yourself play and analyse if there is a part you can do it better or if you are executing your task correctly. Once you can identify  your mistakes and practice on getting them right, it will improve your skills drastically on the instrument. This really encourages effective and fast progress to your playing ability.
5. Rest
Playing an instrument requires a lot of movements and stress on your body muscles. Thus, it is important to incorporate rest between your practice routines, especially when you are practicing for long hours. You can best execute your skills when you are the fittest, thus it is very important that you rest the muscles used in playing your instrument.


In short, Practice sessions should have a structure, a goal and conscious attention from you to actually make it effective. Practising without a goal is like traveling without a destination! So, roll up your sleeves and set up your space and time for effective practise.


BlueTimbre is a unique Music Company with Music Education spaces, Jam Room and Recording studio based out of Whitefield, Bangalore, India. BlueTimbre also provides complete end-to-end Music Education solutions for schools. The BlueTimbre team comes with decades of cumulative experience in running Structured Businesses, Music Curriculum Development, Music Education and Performance.



References

  1. http://musicaladvice.com/tips-for-developing-a-music-practice-routine/
  2. http://www.effectivemusicteaching.com/articles/students/how-to-develop-a-practice-routine/
  3. https://www.classicfm.com/lifestyle/wellbeing/musician-practice-tips/


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