“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.