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Making the Most of Your Music Practice Time

Dec 10, 2007
Many individuals enjoy learning how to play musical instruments. However, playing an instrument is not an easy endeavor. In fact, it takes a lot of practice to ensure that one can successfully play an instrument. If you play a musical instrument, and you want to develop a real talent in that instrument, you must practice consistently. Here, we will outline a few basic steps on how to make the most of your music practice time. The steps listed in this guide can apply to each and every musical instrument. So, regardless of what you play, you are likely to benefit from one or more of the tips listed here.

The first thing that you must understand when it comes to making the most of your music practice is that we are often guided by a form of muscle "memory" when we perform certain tasks. Being able to perform certain tasks on a consistent basis allows us to constantly improve in those tasks. For example, when we do things such as walk and type on a continuous basis, our muscles naturally adjust and are trained to perform these movements. This same concept holds true when it comes to making the most of your music practice time.

When you practice playing your musical instrument, it is important that you start off slowly. This does not mean start off only practicing ever so often; it means hit your notes slowly. If you practice the notes in a slow manner, and you do it often, eventually your hands and the muscles that control your hands will begin to get used to the motions. This will eventually put you in a position in which you are moving through practice sessions easily. This is an extremely important element of ensuring success when you practice playing.

Many musicians that practice playing their instruments will practice in a method that is referred to as "cells". This means that you simply use the slow method listed above and do it with only a small amounts of notes. This will help your hands and your mental focus concentrate on a certain piece until it is perfected. Perfection in music practice does not often come from tackling a large piece of music all at once. It is normally a result of tackling small pieces of the composition at a time.

Musicians everywhere practice over and over again. Many musicians find that they have a bad habit that causes them to experience errors in practice. If you discover this characteristic, it is important that you stop everything that you are doing and correct it immediately. You should understand that it takes at least seven times of doing something the right way before you master it. With many individuals, it may take more. However, seven seems to be the ideal number when correcting mistakes while practicing music.

Many professionals who focus on study habits of individuals and music practice insist that it is more productive to take breaks than to push through a lesson. You should practice for a short time, and then give your mind and body a break. This will help to ensure that you are making the most out of your music practices. By pushing yourself, your mind and body is likely to detest. When this occurs, it is quite likely that you will experience a number of mistakes. This can really put a damper on your practice sessions.

If you are a musician, there are many effective strategies that you can use to ensure that you are making the most of your practice sessions. Listed here are just a few of the techniques that can be used to ensure that you are getting the most effective practice in. The important thing is to remain positive and persistent when it comes to practicing your music. This way, you, too, can become a professional player!
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of MusicianHome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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