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Summer Music - Tips to Practicing

1) Set a goal for your practice time.  What is it that you want to be able to do by the end of your session?

2) Keep a log - write down what you practiced so you can keep track for yourself

3) Practice in smaler chunks - it is better to practice 10 minutes a day for 5 days in a row than 50 minutes on one day.

4) Practicing doesn't mean play the whole song - pick just one small section rather than performing 

5) Repetition is key! make the passage part of your muscle memory

6) Practice in a spot with no distractions - turn off the tv and put your phone away.  

7) Warm-up! Don't just go through the motions but take the time to get ready to play - long tones and open vowels

8) Record yourself - listen back to what you sound like and identify sections you need to isolate

9) Practicing can also mean - listening to great performers, strengthening music reading skills, and reviewing theory.