Tips for better practicing
*Break the song up into small sections.
*Look for patterns and repetition.
*Use these steps to make sure you are practicing the song correctly:
Step 1 - Rhythm - Say the counts with a toe tap
Step 2 - Note Names - Say the note names with a toe tap
Step 3 - Fingerings - Do the fingerings with the note names and a toe tap
Step 4 - Play it!
**If you do not know a note name or fingering remember to use the fingering chart in the back of the book to help you figure it out!
Set A goal for the week!
Each week set a goal for what you want to accomplish. It should be something small and easily attainable in one week. Some examples are, play a long tone for 24 counts, be able to count and play the new rhythm, or learn the first 10 measure of a piece of sheet music for the upcoming concert.
What a good practice session looks like:
Warm-up (5-10 Minutes)
Lip Slurs (Brass Players)
Method Book (10-15 Minutes)
Assigned songs (Break the songs up into chunks - focus on the difficult spots)
Study music symbols and terms
Study notes and fingerings
Practice counting rhythms (With a TOE TAP!)
Sheet Music (10-15 Minutes)
Practice small chunks of the music that are difficult for you
Practice running through the entire song
Your Choice (5-10 Minutes)
Play through your favorite songs on the book
Play through your favorite pieces of music
Try to learn how to play your favorite song from the radio on your inst.
Practice record Form - For Practice Time the Week of 11/6
Fill out this form completely and submit it by 11:55pm on Monday, November 13 to receive full credit and submit it by 11:55pm on Tuesday, November 14 to receive partial credit.