How To Practice Music
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
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.
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”.
- The Physical Challenge of Fiddling
- How To Build Your Fiddle Skills
- Fiddling With Deliberate Practice
- Fiddling With Desirable Difficulty
- Fiddling With Micro-motions
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
- Drone Practice
- Drone tuning the notes on the D string
- Perhaps the best method for playing better in tune.
- One Drone, Many Tunes
- Play a musical game called “Dronopoly” in which you play tunes that use the same drone.
- Drone Central
- This is a library of drones for every note.
- You can also find drones for common keys in the Practice Toolkit below.
Become aware of what and how you practice. This will make the process more fun and productive. You’ll come to see even the hardest challenges as something interesting.
Overcoming The Emotional Challenge
No matter who you are or how long you’ve been playing, you are facing emotional challenges when you learn something new and challenging. Here are lessons to help you overcome these challenges.
- The Emotional Challenge of Fiddling
- Six Ways To Overcome Fiddle Frustration
- Fiddling With A Growth Mindset
- How To Enjoy Practicing Music
- Make Friends With Your Doubt
- It’s Never Too Late To Start
- Don’t Give Up!
- I Can’t Fiddle Fast Enough!
- I Just Can’t Make It Sound Good Today!
- Overcoming Fiddle Demons
- Developing Confidence
- End on a High Note
Power practice habits
- Fiddling with chords and melodies
- Fiddling With Rhythm Loops
- Fiddling With Transposition Loops
- Play Every Thing Twice
- Practice Fiddling Without A Fiddle
- First Things First
- Slow Down To Speed Up
- Take An Intermediate Step
- Mix Up Your Music Practice With Interleaving
- Alternate between listening and playing
- Alternate between a tune and its scale
- Music is a fun way to upgrade your mind
- The Three Phases Of Learning A Tune
- Repeat A Thousand Times
- How To Play With A Beat
- Listening Is Practice Too
- Listening Is Practice Too, Two
- What to do when you’re stuck
- Remember to Sound Good
- Make Up Your Own Exercises
- Make your own scales
- The Goal of a Good Process
- Three Phases of Learning a Tune
- Hey, Play Us A Tune!
- Practice Like A Master
- Learn it by heart with heart
- The Four Elements of Good Sound
- Play It Casual
- Practice Just To Practice
- Practice, even if it doesn’t sound good
- Speak With Your Fiddle
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: