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Wondering What You Need to Optimize Your Practice? Here are Answers!
Different types of Practice for different personalities - How do you Learn?
Visual learners need to see it in their heads. You want to have a picture in your mind before you play it.
Instinctive learners have the ability grasp a concept but have difficulty following through.
Mimics need to watch and hear it then they repeat what they See and Hear.
Method learners need to project themselves into the mind of the teacher and then pretend they are that person.
Casual learners like to do it when they want, where they want and how they want.
Detailed learners need to know the who what where and why of every aspect
Scientific learners must have the empirical evidence that what they are doing is based on proven fact
Emotional learners must "feel" the joy of a thing to motivate their invested time
Musical learners are motivated by the sound and the beauty of the line
Physical learners approach the task as a black and white do this to accomplish this proposition - No pain no gain is their motivation.
Compliant learners will do whatever they are told even if they have doubts
Creative learners enjoy the practice more than the performance. They make up their own studies rather than relying on the traditional.
Which are you? Understanding what you learning motivation is will enable you to learn quickly and happily.
The Practice Room takes on the physical aspects of the type of learner you are. You may need stacks of books, or CD's, recording gear, or maybe you just need a quite place, and your horn.
Imagine what you want and find that place. If you are a musical learner you want a room with decent sound, and I suggest that all players seek a place that doesn't stifle the reverb.
You need peace from outside influence; it may be a bedroom or basement or the church down the street. It needs to be a place that promotes contemplation and escape from distractions.
Here are some basics for most types of learners 1. Comfortable upright chair 2. Adequate lighting 3. A music stand with plenty of width and sturdiness 4. A small desk or table where you can put your "stuff" 5. Fresh air.
Your practice room needs to be simple, and easy to reproduce when you are away from home or school.
A large wall calendar that you can write on.
Some recording device that you can rely on, to let you hear what you are playing while you rest.
A large bottle of water
Arbans HLC Clarke - all of them AirPlay Videos David Hickman Books John Daniel Book gRawlin PDF Studies
Recordings of fine players including:
Maurice Andre Alison Balsom Philadelphia and Chicago Sym. Doc Sererinson Tim Morrison
Set a minimum and maximum time frame. 30 minutes to 90 minutes are starters Have definite goals: Good warm-up, Technical studies, Tone work, Flexibilities, literature are a few
Use common sense! Play and rest in equal small proportions. Save at least 10% effort to avoid damage Begin with a positive attitude - If you are worn out and tired DON'T practice After warm up it is always good to do flexibilities next then move to more articulate studies, save the heavy lifting for the middle of the session then gradually ease off so you are fresh at the end.
Here is a sample session for the average player:
Warm up with soft long tones. Leadpipe only exercises Repetitive etudes from HLC in the middle - low- upper range Flexibility studies - intervals, arpeggios etc. Arbans scales, tonguing, and characteristics Solos, Jazz Improve Range work longer rest then continue with: Literature, School pieces etc Back to Speciality exercises for wherever you are in development (a teachers lessons etc.) Warm down