Think Smart

A useful tip for memorising Scales, Arpeggios and Chords is to think smart and look for patterns.

No Distractions

The power of unbroken, focused practice sessions comes from the entering of the ‘flow state’ where one is totally immersed in what they are doing. Given that this is the modern age with smartphones, notifications and short attention spans, it is important to be pro-active and up front about removing distractions. For example, leaving your phone in another room is better than keeping it on silent.

Always Keep Learning

Always be on the lookout for new songs to learn and play. This is a helpful way to keep your mind in learning mode, and its advisable to try out a variety of styles to be a well rounded musician. At any given time you must have 3 types of pieces of grading difficulty. The time period to learn them should be 1 week, 4 week and 3 months.

Practice = Performance

Try to approach practicing just like you do performing. Stretch and warm up the same way you do prior to a big performance. The familiarity of the movements not only will help you focus during your practice session, it’ll also help calm possible nerves on performance day.

Choosing a Time to Practice

Choose the time of day when you are most aware and alert to practice. This will improve productivity and you will get more out of your practice session. This also helps to avoid feeling like practicing is a chore.