We all play like we practice
“Private Practice Determines Public Performance” Carl Allen, December 2011 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 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 mentally and emotionally engaged.
2. Remember, it must be in the so-called muscle memory to be secure.
3. Practice slowly, listen deeply, be patient, and pay attention to the minute details of the score: articulations, dynamics, phrasing, tone, etc.
4. Start slowly, the correct tempo will come later.
5. Imagine you must play publicly in a week. Then tackle the annoying bits first. :-)
Updated Feb 2023
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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.