Pratice Makes Perfect or Problems?
We’ve all hear the phrase “Practice makes perfect,” but what if your practicing is creating more of a problem than perfection? Do you ever feel exhausted at the end of your practice sessions? Are your hands sometimes tired after playing or is your voice hoarse after singing? These things come from not practicing correctly and they can seriously effect your skill as a musician.
Here are some of the common misconceptions and debunking of these myths when it comes to practicing your musical instrument:
1. Misconception: You have to do it hours and hours a day, every day.
Truth- First of all, practicing doesn’t need to take up all the time in your day. In fact we shouldn’t be practicing for more than 1-2 hours a day (at the most) for any instrument. Not only do we not want playing to become tedious, which can happen when practicing too much, but you can injure yourself if you push yourself too hard.
2. Misconception: If I play or sing through something enough times I will get it right just from repetition.
Truth: Playing or singing through something over and over again may not fix the specific problems you are having with a piece of music. Practicing should be more focused; take the time to give focused and mindful attention to your problem areas. They may not be the most “fun” things to work on, but once you master them you will enjoy them so much more!
3. Misconception: There is no need to warm up my body before I play or sing, I am just using my hands/voice.
Truth: Always warm up your body! Even if you just do some small hand and finger warm ups for playing the guitar or piano, or some neck and shoulder warm ups for singers, this is a necessity! Also, take the time to stretch out during your rehearsal if at any time you start to feel tight or strained.
4. Misconception: I have to keep rehearsing until I get it right!
Truth: No, you don’t! There is always tomorrow. If you have been working on a piece and it’s just not clicking, put it away. Let your brain and body rest and come back to it another day. It sometimes helps to let information sink in and then come back to it after we have absorbed it. Today is good but tomorrow is fine too, give yourself plenty of time to practice and never make yourself feel rushed!
Most importantly, try to keep practicing fun! That is what drew you to music in the first place, try to remember why you wanted to be a musician and what it is that you love about your instrument, this makes the work feel like fun and you will find yourself enjoying your rehearsal time and getting more productive practice out of your work.
Does anyone have any great tips to share about practicing? What is your rehearsal technique?