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.
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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.