Category Archives: Music Practice Tips

Best Counting Methods

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week: The Best Counting Methods One of the top pieces of advice music teachers give their students is to count all the time while they’re playing. Keeping the count allows musicians to improve their … Continue reading

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Controlling Your Inner Voice

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week: Take Control of Your Inner Voice It’s important to use your inner voice very carefully when you practice and perform. Did you just think to yourself, “What inner voice?” If you did, that’s … Continue reading

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Achieving Your Musical Dreams

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Achieving Your Musical Dreams Today is the third day of the new year. Some people have already dropped their resolutions! Research tells us that 25% of new year’s resolutions are dropped in the first … Continue reading

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Drill, Baby, Drill

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Drill, Baby, Drill! Finding the Right Solution Even when you’re already using efficient practice techniques – like Very Slow Practice, focusing on Tough Stuff, and Breaking Down songs into small chunks – you may … Continue reading

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Practice in Front of a Mirror

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Really Seeing Yourself When we practice, we often feel that our technique is strong and we are playing efficiently. It would be interesting to know if someone watching us practice would come to the … Continue reading

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Long Practice Sessions

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Making Long Practice Sessions Efficient Advantages of Long Practice Sessions While you can accomplish a great deal in a short amount of practice time, there are advantages to long practice sessions. Aside from the … Continue reading

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Improve Your Ear

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Four Ways to Improve Your Ear Jazz, pop, and rock musicians play by ear on a regular basis. If you play these styles, you know how important it is to learn music by ear. … Continue reading

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Help Your Memory – Write It Down

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:An Easy Memory Aid Successful Musicians Write Notes to Themselves Some musicians treat their sheet music like an ancient manuscript to be displayed in a museum. They keep it in perfect, pristine condition. Sheet … Continue reading

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The Secret to Sightreading

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:The Secret to Sightreading Many musicians are worried that their sightreading skills are not strong enough. Yet, sightreading is seldom made a regular part of practicing. The Real Goal of Sightreading It’s important to … Continue reading

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Practice First

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Making Time for Music Too Busy to Practice? If your life is busy, you may find it challenging to “fit in” your practice sessions. Day after day, practicing can take a back seat to … Continue reading

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