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.

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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

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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Sep 27, 2014

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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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 21, 2013

Perfect Practice

Get new practice tips each month with the Perfect Practice e-zine

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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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Nov 08, 2013

Music Lesson Notes

Misunderstandings between teacher and student about what is required next lesson are common. We look at things from very different perspectives. This sheet for music lesson notes reduces these.

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Nov 04, 2013

Piano Wizard Academy

Bought this a month ago and am very impressed so far. I will come back and leave a longer review once I have had a chance to get more into it. FYI I am

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Nov 04, 2013

Chris Newman

To me, music is poetry and poetry is music.

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Nov 04, 2013

Music Practice Software

There is plenty of software to support your music practice, even though it isn't advertised as music practice software as such. Here are some reviews of the best software for music practice

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Jul 31, 2013

When to start learning a musical instrument

The question of "When should my child start learning a musical instrument?" is often asked by parents and the answer is "Whenever the child is ready." Here is some guidance to help with the process.

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practice makes perfect by simon horsey

Frustrated with your practice? Read Practice Makes Perfect and hack the 10,000 hour rule. Cut your practice time by up to 25%! Make faster progress, learn scales, memorize pieces more easily and much more. "If you play an instrument you need this book!"

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Music Practice App

music practice app

I have taken the Music Practice App off the app store for a while because it isn't playing nice with iOS8 and also because I am doing a huge redesign with lots of new cool and exciting features to help you get the most from your practice.

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