Hey guys, welcome to my site, and I’m back with another article on tutorology. Have you guys ever dreaded practising? Or you just don’t know what to practice? Well, here are 10 tips and tricks on how to practice better… guys…
Lets Start with the Tips
Tips number 1 & 2
Tip number one. Don’t practise with any distractions. Whether that’s your phone, your laptop, your book, make sure in an environment where you can just focus on the music. Tip number two. don’t practise with a clock. I know a lot of musicians who are more obsessed with how long they practise instead of how well they practice.
Tips number 3 & 4
So for me, I set an alarm on my phone in case I have to head somewhere at a certain time and after that I just put my phone away. Then I can practice without any worries. Tip number three. Leave your violin out. I’ve always had this problem where the hardest part about practising was the very start which was the physical act of opening your case and grabbing your violin. So what I do is I leave my violin out in a secluded and safe area and I put a cloth on top of it to cover it from the dust.
Tips number 5
So whenever I walk by my violin and I see it, I can easily access it and practise. Another thing I do to get motivated is to watch people who are really good at the violin perform. Tip number five. Spread out your practise sessions. I practise like I’m eating. Instead of binging one gigantic meal for the whole day it’s better to eat smaller portions and spread it out.
Tips number 6
So just like food, I like to practise in the morning like brekkie, in the afternoon like lunch, and in the evening like pancake. Tip number six. Have a basic structure for your practise session. Don’t practise without a plan. It’s more efficient if you have a checklist on what you want to work on and what you want to accomplish by the end of the practise.
Tips number 7
Tip number seven. Don’t be a broken record. There were times when I was living the ISI Jogja dorms, I could hear people practising because the walls were so thin and all they did was repeat sections over and over and over and over again without fixing their mistakes. So instead, if you ever come across a hard passage you have to stop, think about the problem, find a solution, and then try it out. And if that doesn’t work out, you have to stop, think again, think of another solution and try that one out until you figure out how to play that passage.
Tips number 8, 9 & 10
Tip number eight. Write a practise log. Write down what you worked. On that day in a little notebook or journal and it’ll help you visually see your progress as well as keep track on what to work on next time. Number nine. Use a recording device. Whether that’s your camera or as simple as your iPhone or android. For me, I always use my iPhone mic. I would record either the whole piece or a certain section. Afterwards, I would listen to it and write down what I need to fix. Last but not least, have a goal in mind. Sometimes it’s really hard to practise when you don’t know what you’re practising for.
So that’s why competitions, concerts or even a recording session is a good goal to create so that you have more motivation to practise. Thanks for reading this article. I hope you guys liked it. These are just some practise tips that I use. I don’t know if it’s gonna work on you guys but I hope it helps. Anyways, I will see you all in the next one. Byee!!.