I know many of you are practicing feverishly preparing for all-state, university auditions, concerto competitions, concerts, recital hearings, juries, etc. Below are some tips on making the most of your practice sessions.
6 Ways to Upgrade Your Practice! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
- LET THERE BE LIGHT: Make sure you have adequate light in your practice space.
- CARE ABOUT CHAIR: Get a good chair to sit in that is comfortable and the right height for you. Similarly, make sure you have a quality music stand that is adjustable.
- STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT: Be sure you sit up with good, relaxed posture – no slouching, leg crisscrossing, etc.
- NO FAN OF FANS: Do not have a ceiling fan (or similar) going above your head or near you while practicing. The fan will blow your sound around and you will not be able to accurately hear yourself.
- TURN OFF THE DANG PHONE: Limit distractions by turning off all beeps, buzzers, and bells on cellphones, tablets, laptops, computers, etc.
- NO BASEBALL: Do not do something else while practicing. I know someone who listens to baseball games while practicing. Another friend warms up on his instrument while reading email. BAD IDEA!
ClarinetMike says, “Check out the excellent book Deep Work by Cal Newport. The book discusses the need for improving our ability to do Deep Work: ‘the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task [like practice!].’ (dust jacket flap copy)”
For more practice help from ClarinetMike, check out 10 Practice Tips for Preparing All-State, Solos, and Everything! Click Here.