The practice session is the most important element to successful musical development.
Following this set of guidelines will ensure steady progress:
1. Find a well-lit place with a firm, straight-back chair where the risk of interruption is minimal.
2. Use a music stand to hold the music at the correct height and position for playing.
3. Begin the practice session with a regular and familiar warm-up routine, which may include long tones, scales, and simple technical exercises and vocalizes. Like an athlete, a performer must first focus his/her mind and warm up his/her muscles before performance can begin.
3. While practicing, a successful performer always concentrates on the proper rudiments and fundamentals of his/her particular instrument, including posture, breathing, embouchure, hand position, sticking, etc.
“Practice what you can’t play, not what you can.”
A successful performer focuses on the most difficult parts of his/her music, avoiding the temptation to play only the easy parts. Please remember that making mistakes and working to correct them is an integral part of quality practice.
It is essential that a regular and consistent quality practice routine is established and maintained. Practicing is homework for music class, and must be done on a daily basis in order to ensure success.
Set goals for each practice session and always practice with a purpose in mind.