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Practical Practice Tips

Think about speed

Speed plays a big role in quality practice – sometimes you’ll need to slow things down so you can adjust and take in everything you need to – sometimes thought you’ve just got to go for it. A bit like learning to ride a bike , you have to be moving to stay upright!

Break it Down

Break a project into sections – the smaller the better. Work on specific details , then start putting the big picture back together. This might mean doing 2 bars at a time , practice each hand separately , or going really slow at first.

Make Notes

Workbooks and print outs are tools – we can get the most out of them by writing in them – make notes about what you need to focus on. Annotate , highlight , colour in and personalise your resources in a way that helps you learn and remember things effectively Keep Track of your Practice. Homework books are perfect for this!

Reflect

If you’ve had a really good practice , think carefully about what made it great. Likewise , if it was just one of those sessions that didn’t click , think about what you could have done to make it more effective. Discuss how you practiced with your tutor  – this is just as important as talking about what you practiced. Make notes about the great studd and the things you would do differently , and work them into your next practice plan.

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