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Tuesday Tip for the fourth of October
October 4, 2011

If there is one thing that links all my students, it is practice angst. In fact, thinking about it, I’m not sure I know any musician who thinks they work hard enough. I know I don’t!

I do however have an excellent way of getting your head round practice: Lower your targets.

I am aware this sounds like it is going to be counter productive, but I find in fact it is the other way round. If you say to yourself you are going to do an hours worth of practice three times a week and it turns out that due to other commitments, family, job or whatever it is, that you don’t get that done you’re going to be disheartened and if you lose the will to play it’s a slippery slope you don’t want to be on!

And so, I always recommend to my students to lower the expectation. Try for twenty minutes (of real practice mind, not messing about!) every other day. When you hit the target, you’ll find that you’ve more impetus to play more, and so it makes it easier to add to this and take it to the next level!

Signing off. Go practice!