- I warm up my muscles with gentle stretching.
- I decide what I'm going to accomplish today. It is usually just a couple of things.
- I'll listen to a recording of the piece first. You may be thinking why does a professional musician need to listen first, can't he just sight read it? Yes, I usually can. But, when I listen first, I start with an artistic impression. From this the question becomes, "how to I get the sound in my head out of these black dots on the page?"
- Boom, sight-reading, I mean learning, is now much easier. The piece is "learned" quickly and efficiently. I can now enjoy "playing" the piece. One danger students succumb to through inefficient practice methods is that they become bored of the piece long before they learn it.