The Practice Blog

The Practice Blog is an ongoing music practice resource for students, teachers, parents and anybody involved in music who needs to practice.

RSS (for more information about RSS and how to use it click on the blue ? above the orange RSS button) is used to update you when I have updated the blog – kind of like an automatic bookmark that only appears when there is something new to see. Of course, you will probably want to bookmark the Essential Music Practice Homepage as well so it is available for reference at all times!.

You can also click on one of the buttons at the bottom to bookmark.

The Music Practice Blog will

  • let you know when any new web pages go up on Essential Music Practice so you are always up to date with the latest thinking about music practice
  • direct you towards particular areas of the site you may be interested in and have missed
  • inform you if I have posted a review of any new piece of music software or equipment that could be useful for supporting your practice and making it even more efficient
  • inform you when I post book reviews on Sheet Music sites or on Amazon or other book websites and gives a brief summary of the review
  • give links for particularly good music practice related articles I have discovered while browsing the internet


Jan 25, 2016

Essential music practice techniques for all instruments

Only effective music practice makes perfect. This site shows you how to practice more efficiently and effectively and make more progress in less time.

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Jan 22, 2016

Music Practice Workshop

Sign up for my live music practice workshop here

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Jan 10, 2016

Sheryl Campbell

I think that the music folks listen to in their teen to early 20's years becomes the most influential in their lives.

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Jan 06, 2016

Scalebox App Review

Read my Scalebox App review to find out whether this is the app you need to help you learn scales and with your scales practice.

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Nov 29, 2015

Practical Practice

Get new practice tips as well as reviews of equipment that will help make your music practice better each mont. Subscribe to the Practical Practice newsletter here.

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Nov 26, 2015

Practice Workshops

I am holding some live music practice workshops and clinics next year so let me know when a good time for you would be and what instrument you play.

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Nov 01, 2015

How To Practice Music

The page from which to download the free ebook How to practice: 5 habits to help you make more progress.

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Jun 22, 2015

Ear Master

Perfect training software where you practice your music theory knowledge and your hearing. and it's really fun as well!

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Jan 15, 2015

Note Guess - Muisc Practice Game

Find some manuscript paper, or print your own, then write a song on them. Have a parent or someone you know guess what the notes are. For each note

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Jan 10, 2015

Use a metronome

A metronome is a must have when practicing. Not, as many people think to make sure you are keeping up when playing fast... but to make sure you are keeping time when playing SLOW!

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Jan 10, 2015

Boss DB90 Review

This Boss DB90 review is written by a reader who uses it for piano practice. If you are considering a metronome read this first!

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Jul 03, 2014

Biofeedback for Musicians

Biofeedback is a therapy used by some musicians to help control performance anxiety and the effects of nerves when performing.

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Apr 02, 2014

Missing classes for music lessons

This is a great article by David Stanley on DadsRT about missing classes for music lessons. This is an issue that often crops up in schools and I believe he has hit the nail on the head! Please read this whether you are a parent, a teacher who has students leaving their lesson for an instrumental lesson, or on the school management team!

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Mar 25, 2014

Engagement level in instrumental practice...

engagement level in music practice cartoon

This is very funny, but often true! If it is you, you need to read Practice Makes Perfect!

The other pictures are also very funny... I particularly like "Animals that may safely graze" and "Parry's emotional state when entering the House of the Lord!"

Thank you Classic FM!

Click the link below to see all of the cartoons!

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Mar 17, 2014

Encourage Performance

Encourage performance of music students at every opportunity. It doesn’t always have to be a big concert. In fact, smaller, informal concerts can be extremely beneficial to all students.

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Jan 19, 2014

Always give your best

Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play as if it's the last time.

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Nov 23, 2013

Sheet Music

There is more sheet music available than ever before both online and in traditional printed formats. Here is some information on the best places to buy and download free sheet music.

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Nov 22, 2013

Zoom Digital Recorder Reviews

Zoom digital recorder reviews. A digital audio recorder can be a huge asset to your music practice. Here's an overview of the zoom digital recorder range: zoom h2; zoom h4 & h4n; zoom h6.

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Nov 21, 2013

Essential Music Practice - The Story

This is the story of how I built the Essential Music Practice website.

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Nov 15, 2013

Practice Planning Charts

Here are some practice planning charts to help with planning practice and setting musical goals. Each practice sheet is designed to be easy to use and quick to complete.

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Recent Articles

  1. Essential music practice techniques for all instruments

    Jan 25, 16 08:44 AM

    Only effective music practice makes perfect. This site shows you how to practice more efficiently and effectively and make more progress in less time.

    Read More

  2. Music Practice Workshop

    Jan 22, 16 06:03 PM

    Sign up for my live music practice workshop here

    Read More

  3. Sheryl Campbell

    Jan 10, 16 02:05 PM

    I think that the music folks listen to in their teen to early 20's years becomes the most influential in their lives.

    Read More