An often-confusing subject. “Now that I’m about to practice what should I work on? It seems all so overwhelming.”
First truth: you can’t do everything in a single practice session, but you can accomplish little things that will add up to big things.
Second truth: there are no shortcuts.
Third truth: learn to practice like a professional, it is more effective and much less stressful.
Gerald Klickstein, author of the book “The musician’s way”, is a valuable resource on professional work skills and stress reduction in the practice room. The link below is a good entry point into his world.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.