How to Practice

    • What to practice - Practice everything we practiced in class. Check your class webpage for more information.
    • Fingers/Notes - Do the fingerings and say the note names WITHOUT playing.
    • Sing it - Sing your part either with or without your instrument.
    • Pizz - Play the measure/section/song pizzicato.
    • Slo-Mo - Play each section as slow as you can and make sure every note is perfect. Speed it up once you can play it well.
    • Divide & Conquer - Split the song into small chunks and fix each chunk individually. Gradually put them back together.
    • Mark it - Use your pencil to write in a note or marking you keep missing - but don't write them all in.
    • 3rd time's a charm - Play each measure/section/song perfectly 3 times before moving on - restart each time you mess up.
    • Change it up - Do something to snap your brain out of its mistakes, like playing with one foot in the air, one eye closed, or laying on the floor.
    • Forget about it - Play a song you can know really well, then come back to the one you're having trouble with.