Practice

A great piece on learning how to practice

http://web.archive.org/web/20150701221212/http://www.musiciansway.com:80/downloads/practiceassessment.pdf

Essentially you need to be able to say yes to the following (although it’s easier said than done):

  1. My practice is deeply meaningful to me; I seldom feel bored
  2. I keep to a regular practice schedule
  3. My practice space is fully equipped with the things I need
  4. I set detailed goals before beginning to practice
  5. I typically feel a sense of accomplishment after practicing
  6. I’m able to maintain mental focus as I practice
  7. I commonly record portions of my practice, and then I appraise my recordings
  8. I assess my practice objectively and rarely become upset by difficulties
  9. I use a metronome in practice
  10. I consistently warm up before practicing
  11. I intersperse practice sessions with regular breaks
  12. I can learn accessible music securely and efficiently
  13. I have plenty of accessible pieces in my repertoire
  14. At the outset of learning a piece, I develop a basic interpretation before making technical decisions
  15. I’m able to shape dramatic musical interpretations that move listeners
  16. When learning a new piece, I expressively vocalize rhythm
  17. I use specific strategies to solve musical and technical problems
  18. I manage repetition so that I neither repeat errors nor drill passages to the point of fatigue
  19. I use mental imaging to aid my learning and memorizing of music
  20. I consciously image ahead as I play or sing
  21. I’m satisfied with the tactics that I use to increase the tempos of pieces
  22. I’m confident of my ability to memorize music and to perform from memory
  23. I have a broad-based plan to polish my technique, and I practice technique daily
  24. I routinely practice sight-reading
  25. I can improvise melodies over straightforward chord progressions
  26. I review my favorite pieces in detail so that the expressive and technical components stay vibrant
  27. I listen to a range of recorded music, and I regularly attend live music performances
  28. I’m advancing my knowledge of music theory, ear training, and other general music topics
  29. I take deliberate steps to fuel my motivation to practice and to counter procrastination
  30. When I make errors in practice, I view them as instructive and not as indicative of failure
  31. I understand how to practice such that I can perform confidently and artistically
  32. As I practice, I embody habits of excellence: ease, expressiveness, accuracy, rhythmic vitality, beautiful tone, focused attention, and positive attitude

Eg for 1. My practice is deeply meaningful to me; I seldom feel bored

It would be useful to expand this into an entire section on how you make practice meaningful and how to avoid it becoming boring. 

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