Confidence comes from knowing that your route will take you where you want to go. Whether it’s about the mastery of a certain piece of music or about the long road to become a confident player, it’s about trusting that the process will get you there.
Category: Practice rss
Kids seldom need help playing fast. But they do need help playing fast well. Tempo ladders are one way to bring some organization to the process of going faster.
A perpetual search for novelty in practice revealed some cool ways to use real-time audio recording to enhance practice.
While the Suzuki method focuses on consistent, rather than rapid progress, it’s definitely more enjoyable to play better and to progress.
Well, I can’t exactly guarantee frustration-free practice but we can try.
The search for new games and angles to keep review pieces in play is endless. We recently made up a new one. (Who knows, maybe it’s not new; but it’s new to us.)
Of what use is technique if not to be harnessed and used to express a musical thought or emotion?
Metaphors, descriptive visual comparisons, can inspire understanding of stylistic and technical details in ways that more direct descriptions cannot.
Some day, I’ll figure out the best method for taking notes in lessons. But until then, here’s my current approach.
How can identifying as a musical kid help support the practice habit?
Spoiler alert: there’s no trick. It’s just showing up and doing the work.
Yes, cows, sheep, chickens, pigs and cats all helped our practice.
Hard work, routine, and pursuit of technique beats talent.
Procrastination (what my mother used to call “dawdling”) is almost universal among kids. Here are some ways to prevent it from derailing practice.
Prompts for thinking about attitudes and behaviours in practice.
How to interrupt but not disrupt.
It’s indisputable that the road of progress is paved with good consistent practice. But why worry about making practice more enjoyable? Much of Suzuki pedagogical technique is about making practice fun. But why? After all, at young age, we can simply impose our will and make practice happen.
Over the years, I’ve collected quite a few things in my practice kit - my bag of tricks that we use during practice. It’s quite a diverse collection of objects, some more useful that others. Let’s unpack it and see what’s in there:
Organizing practice sessions, Part II.
Organizing practice sessions: Part I
Someone published a piece in the American Suzuki Journal nearly 12 years ago entitled “20 Memos from your Child” (ASJ 21:4, August 1993.) These are thoughts that I need to remind myself of as we approach practice.
The metronome is an essential tool for practicing with rhythmic accuracy and for developing velocity in a disciplined way. In this post I’ll describe some of the pitfalls I’ve encountered as a musician using the metronome for practice and how it can be applied by us Suzuki practice parents.