To improve fast – Practice ‘little and often’

Many of us are guilty of leaving practicing to the last minute and cramming all of our practice in the day before our next lesson.

The problem with this however, is that even if you practice for 4 hours the day before your next lesson, it will be much less effective than if you had’ve practiced just 15 minutes every day. 

That is why all of the music teachers at Clearwater Music School recommend that you practice your instrument, whether it is guitar, piano, singing or anything else, as often as possible; but for short bursts.

The reason for this is very simple. Much of learning to play a musical instrument involves muscle memory. Going over the things you learnt most recently just once or twice but as often as possible, reinforces this muscle memory and therefore helps you to learn and develop much faster. It also reduces the risk that you will forget what you learnt a month down the line.

Not only that, but you will also put your instrument down whilst you still want to play more. This will mean that you are more likely to want to practice again the following day, or even later that evening!

Have patience with yourself and enjoy learning!

If you don’t feel like you are making any progress, record yourself today on your phone after your short practice, then do the same two weeks from now after you’ve practiced just 15 minutes a day. You won’t believe the difference that can be made.

During our music lessons at Clearwater Music School, Chorley, we will include in our lesson hints and tips of how you can best utilise these short effective practice sessions so that you progress at the fastest speed possible. Come and have a free trial lesson by booking a slot on our open day!

If you have any questions or comments about practicing, playing a musical instrument or anything else then we’d love to her from you in the comment box below or via email!