Hi, I’m Layla from Brookfield Music, and today I’m going to talk about a common question we receive - what are some tips for how to practise your musical instrument at home and make sure that you continue improving?
Learning to play an instrument requires consistent practice to improve your skills, so a few of the tips we give our students are to:
1. Set specific goals. Setting goals for each practice session, for example to learn a specific piece of music or work on a particular technique, helps you stay focused and motivated, and ensures that you can tick off your goal at the end of your session and know that you have made progress.
2. Practise slowly - practising your instrument and learning new music at a slower pace is a great way to help you focus on accuracy and develop your muscle memory. Instead of learning a song at full-speed, we often encourage students to practise slowly and gradually increase the tempo as they become more confident with the piece.
3. Record yourself - while practising at home, recording yourself is an excellent way to find areas for improvement. Listening back to recordings can help you hear any mistakes or inconsistencies, as well as track your progress as you get more and more comfortable with a piece of music.
4. Learn the music you love - At Brookfield Music, we encourage all of our students to play the music they enjoy listening to. By focussing your practice sessions on songs which you have a connection to, you will stay motivated by working towards that great sense of accomplishment that comes from being able to jam out your favourite song on your instrument.
These are just a few of the tips which can help you improve in your practice sessions and progress on your musical journey.
For more information on how to get the most out of your at-home practice, come to a class at Brookfield Music to learn more from one of our friendly, experienced music teachers.