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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Daily Practice Routine

"Practice Makes Perfect"
Research conducted by the National Association for Music Education has proven that those who look to improve themselves as musicians must keep 3 fundamental objectives in mind; goal setting, practice session structure and strategic repetition. Each of these areas are said to contribute to more mindful and more 'intelligent' playing and will lend to an overall more balanced sense of musicality.

The way that musicians perform during rehearsal is said to have a direct and consequential effect upon how they retain information and later utilise these skills during later performances. As repetition is notably one of the key cornerstones to mastering any type of profession, it may comes as no surprise that what a musician does during practice should be an ultimate reflection of their all encompassing music goals.

The research has unveiled that the most effective methods of practice are those that keep a simple and straightforward approach. In various observations the NAfME research team uncovered that those musicians who had a more clear cut vision of what they wanted to achieve enjoyed a more fruitful practice experiences than their more aloof counterparts. Furthermore those who experience stronger practice session are said to have a definitive auditory and physical image in their minds as to how they aspire to perform in the future.

Those who stick to the old "Practice 30 minutes a day every day" routine are said to stunt their improvements by trying to adhere to time frames that are often too stringent, not allowing the individual to cater for their specific strengths and weaknesses. By allowing more time to practice your weaknesses you can reach towards a more comprehensive level of playing, in which your skills are more rounded.

In any effective routine, a level of strategy is essential. Focusing on particular skill areas that may need improvement more than others affords you the luxury of a more effective and memorable learning experience.

Making a mental note of your mistakes and how you may improve on this element of your playing has proven to be a more efficient and less time consuming method of practice than blind repetition. This is thanks to the conscious effort the player is taking to alter their actions, making their practice more memorable and educational.

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By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 30 Dec 2016 15:56 to category : Music News

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