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