Here are 5 top tips to make the most of the lessons you have, and the practice time you invest in your instrument:
- PLACE: Don’t underestimate this! Set up your instrument in a comfortable and bright environment (with minimal disruptions). The more inviting and accessible your instrument, the more you’ll play!
- TIME: Most important times to practice are soon after the lesson (when the information is fresh), and close to the next lesson (so you come to the lesson prepared and ready to learn more)! Go for at least 3 practice sessions a week (but more is better).
- TOOLS: Keep everything you need set up and ready. A pencil (to check off the items you practiced and receive points for it, and any other notes you may want to take!). Another good item to have is a device to record yourself , so you can hear yourself!
- WHAT: Play through each item on your assignment sheet (start with scales/warmups) exactly as indicated by your instructor. If you’re not sure what something means or how to practice it, send Mamesh Music a message so you can still practice!
- HOW: The best tip for practicing something challenging is to practice SLOWLY and CAREFULLY. Try these hacks: For a longer section: “Two-feet-game” - play one mistake, you put down one foot; another mistake, you’re out! For a shorter part: Play 3 times correctly (in a row if you can).