Below are some ideas and advice that you should consider when practising. If you have anything that you'd like to share please let Mr Cameron-Smith know so it can be included here.
Practice Tips developed by Mr Barrett and Year 9 SIM Students (inspired by Chick Corea - see video below)
- Slow it right down – then speed it up
- Organise your fingerings
- Practise small fragments
- Loop the difficult passages
- Practise difficult transitions
- Be efficient – focus on the bits that need work
- Sing while playing to internalise parts
- Analyse the music
- Maintain good posture at all times
- Feel free to talk to yourself (out loud) while working
- Enjoy practising – make it fun!
- Use lots and lots of repetition – try to play the music more times right than you have wrong
- Persevere – don’t give up!
- “Feel” is important – “That felt better”, “That doesn’t feel right”
- “I’m having trouble with this at the moment” (notice the growth mindset - optimism)
- Use a pencil and mark the score – you will take more notice of your markings than your teacher’s
- Use a 2B pencil (or softer - higher number B) so that it doesn't leave marks when you need to erase it
- Practise one hand and a time, just the bowing/picking, just the fingering, just the articulation, one voice at a time – simplify, break it down
- Be your own teacher when you practise