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5 Practice Tips to Get Better Fast

Posted by: david at 7:14 am on May 1st, 2016

There are no shortcuts in learning to play an instrument. There are, however, some simple tricks to make the most of your time in the practice room. Read on to learn more…

piano lessons.jpg1. Consistency is the key - I always say it is better to practice 10 minutes every day than one day for 70 minutes. With the busy schedules most of us lead it can be difficult to find the time every day. It helps to practice at the same time of day every day. Make it part of your normal daily routine.

2. Have a plan - Start with warm ups. This will get your mind and body ready to learn. Then work on something new and challenging. Lastly, review something you already have been working on. I like to use this time to play something really fun.

3. Focus on the music - Pick a quiet place free from distractions such as televisions, family and friends, electronic devices, etc. Distractions can also be internal as well. Concentrate on one thing at a time and then move on to the next when you are ready.

4. Keep the Beat - Metronomes help us to keep steady time. Turn the metronome and play along whenever you are playing. It is especially effective to have a metronome going when you are playing long tones to warm up. You could even turn it on when you are getting your instrument ready and when you are putting it away.

5. Tune in - A tuner is just as essential as a metronome in developing your talent. Instruments do not play in tune on their own. That means that the player has to make a lot of adjustments. Long tones and major scales are the best place to start. Simply play a note and until you have brought it in tune. Do this on each note of the scale over the entire range of your instrument.

Now you have 5 new tools to catapult your playing to the next level. For more information or to sign up for lessons you can contact Marion Music Academy at 319-377-3343.

David-Arnold.jpgA graduate of Luther College, David Arnold has been providing high quality private music lessons to students of all ages for over 15 years. His specialties include saxophone, guitar, and bass guitar.  Drawing upon his diverse musical background, David provides a unique experience that merges his formal training in music with his professional performance experiences.  Students will learn to be confident, well rounded musicians that are capable of performing in a wide array of musical settings.