It’s getting to be that time of year when things get crazy-busy for the holidays. Between shopping for gifts, trekking across the country visiting relatives, and playing holiday concerts, it can be difficult to find time to practice and become a better musician. This week on the Summerglen blog, we’ll share some tips to help you make musical progress even on your busiest days.
Today’s rule of thumb: Do what you can!
When you have a lot of demands piling up in your life, it can be tough to fit in a regular practice session. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry, just do what you can! Even if you have only 5 minutes to practice, you can pick one small thing and get it accomplished. Here are some ideas:
1. Pick a tricky measure and learn the rhythm or pitches.
2. Look up a fingering you’ve been meaning to learn.
3. Play a couple of scales.
4. Count some rhythms.
6. Do some long tones, lip slurs, and tonguing.
7. Buzz on your mouthpiece.
Even if you only get to fix one tiny problem, or learn one tiny new note, you have made some progress on your instrument today. Remember, 5 minutes of practice is better than 0 minutes of practice.
Try some of these today! Tomorrow, we’ll talk about how to practice when you’re on a trip.