Sticking to a regular instrumental practicing schedule can prove tricky! I often hear from students and their parents that it is really challenging to fit in enough practice time.
Here are my five key tips for making practice regular:
- Find a quiet and comfortable space at home where you can practice every time without distractions. Keep the space nice and tidy in order to always have a calm environment to practice in!
- Make a commitment to practice between 10 and 20 minutes every time you sit down to practice. It is more productive to practice a little bit every day than a long time every few days. Your muscle memory will improve immensely if you practice daily!
- Perform a warm up before starting to play your pieces and exercises. Wrist rolls and finger stretches are always helpful.
- Establish a set order of exercises and pieces to practice. For example, warm up with some scales, then move on to finger exercises and pieces.
- Leave some time at the end of the practice session to play something fun. It is important to find the fun side of playing music too.