Practice is everything

In music, learning and life. It’s simple: the people who practice every day in a focused way are the ones who are successful. Talent and age have nothing to do with it. Contrary to the old beliefs, practice can actually be fun. And it stands to reason that if it’s fun you will just want to do it more.

There are three big things to remember…

  • Play every day
  • Practice well
  • Manage your emotions


Consistent practice

You are a musician if you play every day. This has nothing to do with talent. It’s a choice, and it’s something that you can do. These articles and lessons will help you with this.

Deliberate Practice

Learn and practice a new tune or skill by mastering very small bits at a time. If you break something down into small steps, you’ll have small wins which lead to bigger wins over time. This is a cornerstone of the FiddleHed method. It’s also known as “Deliberate Practice”, “Micro-learning” or “Chunking”.

Essential lessons

Further learning


Looping is the practice of continuously playing one small piece. By doing this, you move from thinking and struggling to playing music.

Drone practice

A drone is a continuous tone that serves as a reference to keep you in tune. It makes practicing even technical things like scales and bowing feel like music. So you will enjoy

Overcoming The Emotional Challenge

You first want to establish a consistent daily practice. Once this is established, you want to make your practice well using strategies like looping, micro-practice and chaining.

If you practice well, you’ll gain a series of small wins. These wins will help you overcome difficult emotions like doubt and frustration. Then, you’ll be more likely to practice tomorrow. In this way, you enter a virtuous cycle:

Leave a Reply

7 responses to “How To Practice Music

  1. Jason you have a lot of videos on how to learn the fiddle that being said my question is after going thru all of the material for beginners the modules that is ok now in what order of the rest of the videos that you have posted would a person want to start learning my Problem is I need something in front of me to go by and follow a road map so to speak can you help me have been playing for around a year now Starting feel at a loss please help thanks Jeff

    1. First, congrats on the new wondrous journey with your daughter.

      Here’s some fun feedback. I barely got started on the fiddle when I had a shoulder replacement in January. I can’t play my fiddle yet, so taking the opportunity to ear train by humming, tapping and audiation. Your program is a gift because my untrained ear has been a pitfall in past attempts.

      Now I got a piano keyboard and it is so fun and usefull for doing the exercises and memorizing tunes. I know this will pay off big time when I can pick up fiddle again.

      Right now, when I’m repeating patterns and learning to distinguish between notes, it’s actually helpful not to also be paying attention to finger placement and bowing. It’s kind of like a pre-program to the program. When I can fiddle next month, I’m going to start at beginning again.

      Anyone out there who was told to “mouth the words” as a child (there are hundreds, if not thousands of us) take heart. You can learn to hear and play, even sing, in tune.

      Thank you Jason for this incredible program and your constant encouragement. Your spiritual path shines through and resonates.