Do you play a musical instrument and want to master it? Are you tired of practicing the same thing over and over again without seeing any improvement? Worry not, as we are here to help you with some tips that will make you a pro.
The very first and most important thing you need to do is identify what to practice. This could be anything ranging from a specific tune to a set of scales or switching over to playing higher notes. Once that has been taken care of, you need to go through what you selected and understand it. If possible, try it out with someone who can already play it well. Also try listening to a recording of a professional musician performing it. This will give you an idea of the tune and tempo.
The second thing you need to keep in mind is that you should always be patient, learning from your mistakes. If this is your first time playing the piece, start from the very beginning and gradually work forward. Be aware of your mistakes, mark them, and go back later to correct them.
Now that you are familiar with the piece, concentrate on the areas that need improvement. You need not start from the beginning and keep playing until you reach the problematic spots. Fix just the faulty portions and only then go back and play the entire piece all over again.
Now all you need is practice. Play the piece more than once. You’ll get the hang of it better if you practice it without making mistakes. Make sure your practice sessions are limited to a duration that allows you to stay focused. Never overdo it! And practice only during the time of the day when you tend to have the most energy.
Always bear in mind that keeping track of your practice goals is the key to getting “in the zone”. If you figure out something that works, make sure to write it down.
One of the most essential rules is that it’s always better to practice smart instead of practicing hard. Sometimes, if a particular tune isn’t coming out the way you want it to, that doesn’t mean you need more practice. Try some different strategies or techniques. Experimenting will always be the best way to get over your issues.
At the end of your practice session, try playing the entire piece from beginning to end, and play it for fun. The sense of accomplishment you derive from this will make all the work feel worthwhile.