Make the Most of Your Practice Routine
Productively Practice Your Instrument
All musicians are united in the need for regular practice, whatever their instrument or skill level. Between rehearsals, performances, teaching lessons, and other adult responsibilities, classical musicians do not always have as much time to practice as they would like. Yet a longer practice is not always a better practice. Managing your practice well can ensure your routine makes the best use possible of what time you have. The Practicing section contains guidance on practicing your instrument more efficiently and effectively. Get advice on how to practice your instrument from the best classical musicians around the world.
Here you will find a variety of strategies related to practicing your instrument. Get inspired as successful musicians share their tips and tricks for learning new or difficult music, getting organized, tracking progress, analyzing music, memorization, and more. Additionally, through this page Music Master Lab shares the best recommendations on how to prepare for specific events, such as recitals, orchestra auditions, or recordings. Whether you are trying to tweak your regular routine, struggling with a difficult piece, or training for a tough audition, these articles will reveal everything needed to ensure you practice your instrument wisely and well.
My approach to mental practicing began during a personal crisis. Right after school, I went to Paris, thinking I would be there for a year
How much a person should practice depends on their personal, physical needs. Some people don’t require much practice, and they were just born like that.
Reorienting your practice to the process of learning music and becoming a better musician could be more important than the performance itself. Classical musicians perhaps
Learning Music is a never-ending process. It’s not about going from point A to point B; after all, you will eventually get there because music
Once you’ve put a lot of information into your brain, we all know some of it sticks, some it doesn’t, and some of it sticks
I find that building emotional associations helps with memorization. Let’s say I’m working on a piece and it’s on the verge of being memorized, and
When I graduated from conservatory, I realized I was unhappy with my sound on the piano. After much contemplation and discussion, I observed that my
Outside of my orchestra gig, I perform in a fun contemporary music group called New Music Detroit. I love digging into freshly-written music by today’s
During this Coronavirus outbreak a lot of musicians are struggling without the ability to play with each other and enjoy music in a chamber setting.
“Never practice more than three or four hours a day. No one can concentrate longer than that, and you must spend the rest of your
An average estimation of the time it takes to master your craft is 10,000 hours. This time can be measured through individual practice, spending time