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This is a continuation from last week's article: How To Make A Habit Stick. Make sure you read that first to understand the steps we use below! This week, we'll explain and provide examples on how you can use these rules to create good practice habits. 1. Reduce Steps to Start Reduce the number of s… Read More

It’s the new year! Which means most of you have resolutions to create some sort of good habit this year (the most common of which are regularly going to the gym or eating right). However, most of you (80%, in fact!) are also going to drop these goals by February. Why are new habits so hard to stay c… Read More

You practice sections over and over, yet when you go to play your whole piece you still stop and stumble at those same sections. Why is that? It’s because you haven’t been chaining. Chaining is incorporating a small section that you worked on gradually back into the larger piece. Usually, this is do… Read More

Students, this is for you. Here are the top 7 biggest pitfalls of practice I’ve seen (and have been guilty of doing) and how to work around them. 1. Practicing too fast Trying to play at normal speed from the very start is one of the biggest practice pitfalls I see. Inevitably, you’ll make mistakes … Read More

Chunking is, in my opinion, one of the best strategies to learn pieces. Not all parts of a new piece are the same difficulty and so those parts need more work than others for you to play it all at the same fluency. Chunking consists of identifying the more difficult parts of a piece (the chunks) and… Read More

I’ve always been a paper-and-pen person. I took notes by hand all throughout college and printed all of my music - even though my backpack was a black hole of loose papers and I had a tablet that worked perfectly fine. I’d go into gigs with my trusty folder, barely holding together at the corners an… Read More

There’s one golden rule of practice I tell all of my students: fast is slow, and slow is fast. Meaning - fast practice is slow progress and slow practice is fast progress. But what do I mean by ‘fast’ or ‘slow’ practice? Students love rushing... There was a certain habit I saw a lot of my students h… Read More