A beginner bassist's foray into the unknown

How Musicians Can Practice More Efficiently

Here’s a video from Steve Onotera, aka samuraiguitarist, from Canada. It talks about 7 concepts to which musicians can refer to make practice sessions more productive. In a nutshell, these are:

  1. Have a clear vision of why you are practicing
  2. Create a practice schedule
  3. Don’t over-practice
  4. Isolate the problem
  5. Incorporate practicality
  6. Attack concepts from different angles
  7. Practice slowly and gradually speed up

How Musicians Can Practice More Efficiently

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Music school sample practice regimen

All of these are good pieces of advice, and Steve talks through their benefits in his video. I found his sample practice schedule from when he was studying music in college especially interesting, because it gives an idea about the effort that students in music school apply in a guided fashion, compared to what I’m attempting, without an instructor.

Steve’s points are applicable to every instrument, and generally to other disciplines, apart from music, as well. I really do need to work on #2 in the list. My practice is erratic and not consistent, but even if the scheduling is erratic, I might be able to make the individual sessions more consistent through an actual schedule – and seeing how he broke his time up, I actually have a framework to consider when thinking about mine.

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