Practicing. It doesn’t matter if you’re just beginning an instrument, an experienced hobbyist, or a professional musician. If we want to improve, we have to practice.
Practice time has never been able to shake its bad reputation: tedious, boring and unfun. Thankfully there are some things we can do to make practicing that etude more enjoyable than it’s ever been.
Mix it up with some new music
Lucky for us, when we get bored with what we’re practicing we can always turn to the internet to help mix things up a bit. Check out this post for tips on how to find free music for some tips on finding something else to practice. The best part is, you won’t be paying a dime for your new music.
Start with something FUN
I like to start my practice time with 5 minutes or so of something completely unrelated to the piece(s) I need to be working on. I usually pick something that I consider easy and that I’ve played many times before, but sometimes I’ll pick a new piece of music I’ve recently come across and haven’t gotten around to because, life. These few minutes are a simple reminder why I love percussion and help get me excited about the other music that I need to be practicing.
I love technology. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I get really excited about practice time when I find a gadget, tool or app that I can add to my routine. Whether it’s a tuner I can use from my smartwatch or a sheet music reader, I’ll instantly get excited about practicing when I get my hands on one and I’ll be much more willing to spend extra time in the practice booth to use it!
What do you do to get fired up about practice time? Please share in the comments below.
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