Practice Makes Perfect!

Good, Better, Best.
Never let it rest.
Until your good is better
and your better, best! 🙂

If you analyse the saying above, you’ll see how true this is!
After playing a piece of music to someone, do you want to hear, ‘that was good’. ‘That was better’. ‘That was best’.

How Do You Practise? The best way to start practising, (depending on the instrument you’re learning) is usually through scales.

Why scales? Scales are a natural way of running through the letters on your instrument letting your fingers loosen up. This improves their dexterity which in turn creates fluidity and speed.

For woodwind (and brass instruments) it is better to run through some tone exercises.

Why tone exercises? For anyone who plays a woodwind or brass instrument, it’s all about the sound. This instrument if played incorrectly, can sound like a screeching cat which can be enough to blow the wax out of anyone’s ears! After some tone exercises, then run through some scales to improve finger movement, fluidity and speed.

What happens after scales or tone exercises? Now you should be well warmed up ready to play through the pieces of music that you’re learning. Remember to practise and concentrate more on the pieces and bars that you find difficult, rather than the pieces you can play well. This will enable your brain and fingers to run through the difficult sequences so they eventually run smoothly. It’s best to keep the difficult passages to just a few bars at a time as this helps your brain and fingers to absorb and process the information.

What’s the best way to finish my practice? When you’ve gone through the difficult pieces and bars quite a few times, you should start to notice an improvement. Regular practice say 10 – 30 minutes everyday, is better than just one half hour or hour practice each week. This helps your brain to remember the difficult passages so each time your piece is played, it runs smoother each time which leads to more confidence and a better performance!

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