Practice Tips

    What To Practice

    · Warm-Up using the same warm-up you use in class.

    · Remember to use good posture, hand position, embouchure, and breath support.

    · Class Assignments

          - Look up fingerings you don’t know

          - Count the rhythms before you play it

    · Play other pages in the book that you have already learned, especially the songs that you like!

    · Complete each session by making sure your instrument is clean.


    How To Practice

    · Select a time of day that will be free of distractions and interruptions.

    · Choose a place where there will be freedom from distractions. 

    · Do not practice in front of the T.V.

    · Be self-critical!  Isolate difficult passages or exercises and work on them using the following suggestions:

           - Slow it down

           - Play the section until you can play the passage 3 times in a row perfectly, then gradually increase the speed.

    - Repeat over and over at tempo, but only if the repetition is correct!!!

    - Never try to develop speed at the expense of accuracy.  Practice Slowly!!!  Be Accurate!!!

    · Short and frequent sessions are better than one or two long home practice sessions.

    · Every individual does not have to practice the same amount of time.  Work for results—not time on the clock.



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