I won't make any, but I will review why I signed up for drum and guitar lessons in the first place.
Success, I've been told, is a result of our habits, our habits are the consequence of our actions. Actions come from our values. Values are bred into us. So, resolutions in conflict with our values are doomed. But, habits born of awareness of our values have a chance.
Step one: Review your motives to take up music study in the first place.
Step two: Do a time audit for a week. How much time was used to surf, watch TV, etc? My guess if most folks reduced their time on these activities by 20% there would be lots of time to practice.
Step three: Parents, consider clicking on the photo above. It links to an interesting article on internet use and teen behavior. Average teen uses 4.5 hours a day to surf.
“Private Practice Determines Public Performance” Carl Allen, December issue
of Downbeat Magazine
“Start with the end in Mind” Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Tips on Practicing
I just finished reading Carl Allen’s article in the current issue of Downbeat magazine. Carl, a drummer, reviews his philosophy of drumming. Most of it is applicable to piano and guitar as well.
Inspired, I offer this.
We play like we practice, so…
1. Practice fully engaged: mentally and emotionally.
2. Remember, it has to be in muscle memory to be secure.
3. Practice slowly, listen deeply, be patient, and pay attention to the fine details from the start: articulations, dynamics, phrasing, tone, etc.
4. Tempo will come later.
5. Imagine you have to play publicly in a week. Then tackle the pesky bits first. :-)
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.