How to Practice – Tips from a Pro

One of the biggest issues we run into in band is that students just don’t know how to practice their music. They know what they need to practice, they know if it gets better, but they just don’t know how to approach it efficiently.

One of the greatest musicians of our time is Wynton Marsalis. He is a professional trumpet player, composer, Managing and Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center, and is also Director of Julliard Jazz/Jazz Studies. The guy knows how to practice! Here’s his Top 12 Practice Tips!

1. Seek out the best private instruction you can afford.
2. Write/work out a regular practice schedule.
3. Set realistic goals.
4. Concentrate when practicing.
5. Relax and practice slowly.
6. Practice what you can’t play. – (The hard parts.)
7. Always play with maximum expression.
8. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
9. Don’t show off.
10. Think for yourself. – (Don’t rely on methods.)
11. Be optimistic. – “Music washes away the dust of everyday life.”
12. Look for connections between your music and other things.

If you’d like to read more about Wynton’s thoughts on practice, click here!

Now go practice!

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