If you have been following our blog posts, you will know that the number one thing that will make a difference in your music education, whether you are 4 or 104, is practise. We often get asked how someone can improve, or how to take your playing to the next level, and practise is always our answer.
The vast majority of our students have trouble practising- either because they find it boring or struggle to fit it into their busy days. Here are some tips and tricks of how to fit practising into your (or your child’s) life…
Work it into your routine. Are you a morning person? Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier each day and use that time to play. If you’re more of a night owl, make it part of your evening routine, like brushing your teeth. We have some students who practice during their lunch breaks, or as a reward for finishing their homework.
Make it fun. Play games to work on your chords, or wait until the end of the practice session to play your favourite song. There are many websites and blog posts dedicated to making practicing more enjoyable, so a quick google is always worthwhile. You could also ask your teacher next time you’re in how they make it fun for themselves.
Reward yourself. Find some way to keep track of how often you practice (make a chart, put pennies in a jar, etc.) and when you reach different milestones reward yourself! You could get a new capo, or buy some fun new sheet music, or get a new shirt for your next open mic night.
Variety is the spice of life. Switch up what order you do your practising, which songs you play, and what rewards you give yourself. Changing little things during the practise sessions keeps it fresh and fun.
Book a gig. The thought of a live audience often helps with motivation. Our live music nights are great opportunities to show off your skills, and improve your practising in the weeks before! Alternatively, find an open mic night and commit to a date you will be ready to play by.