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The elements – The Practice Room Episode 30

 

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May 5, 2017
practice hacks

 

When a musician steps into the practice room…

there are numerous practice hacks that they can choose to implement. One of the most effective I’ve found is to separate elements of the music, isolate them, and simply practice just those elements.

 

For example…

 

If you have a passage that is in an easy range and not necessarily interesting but has a very difficult rhythm, it makes sense to simply practice the rhythm. You may be saying how do you “just practice the rhythm”?

 

All you have to do is simply adjust the written part to reflect just the element you want to work on. In this case, you want to change all the pitches to one pitch and remove any other elements (dynamics, articulations, etc.)

 

Let’s say you have a tough excerpt that has huge leaps. In this case you want to remove the rhythm by making each note the same value to strictly concentrate on execution and sound.

 

Today on the Practice Room, I show you a few examples on how you can separate elements of your piece to practice more efficiently. This is a go to system for myself as well as a system I teach my students.

 

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